Alex Lawson: Biden was a leading supporter of a balanced budget amendment, a policy that the Center for American Progress and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (two center-left think tanks who are hardly in the tank for Bernie Sanders) agree would be a catastrophe for Social Security.
Rebecca Gordon: Rather than referring to a “shadow or parallel system of government” operating outside official channels, for Trump the deep state is the government — or at least those parts of it that frustrate him in any way.
Ed Rampell: As Emperor Trump cries havoc and lets loose and wags the dogs of war, up to 200 peace protesters held a January 9 antiwar rally outside Los Angeles’ symbol of Washington, the Federal Building located near UCLA in Westwood.
Virtually the ntire nation’s press is now in the hands of oligarchs and corporations loyal to Orbán, with talk radio and television across the country singing his praises daily.
Jim Lafferty: We are witnessing the most widespread expression of popular unrest and rebellion that the world has seen in decades, and it grows day by day.
Andrew Basevich: Thirty years later, perhaps it’s time to assess just how well the United States has fulfilled the expectations President Bush articulated in 1990. Personally, I would rate the results somewhere between deeply disappointing and flat-out abysmal.
Walter G. Moss: Our political-economic development has made us more of a mixed system than a capitalistic one thanks to such developments as Progressivism, the New Deal, Lyndon’s Johnson’s “Great Society,” and Medicare.
Lawence S. Wittner: Seizing, particularly, on mass migration and funded by avaricious economic élites, this resurgence of the Radical Right has made startling progress
Robert Nelson: Snowden sincerely believed his work was consistent with America’s constitutional principles. Domestic spying on innocent civilians? We would never do such a thing!
Walter G. Moss: Since I wrote my “Myths” essay in 2014 two great causes have emerged as more important than ever and they are linked—removing Donald Trump (by impeachment or the ballot box) from the presidency and restoring with great vigor our government’s fight against climate change.
Steve Hochstadt: The Tea Party no longer needs to attack the Republican Party from the right. They are the Republican Party, and their desire to recreate our country in their image is non-negotiable.
Peter Hudis: While the effort of House Democrats to impeach Trump has not undermined his hold on power, the real test lies in taking the battle against him beyond the confines of the impeachment process
WJ Astore: Governments must always be kept in check. They must always be viewed critically. “Question authority” should be the byword of all true patriots.