Peter Laarman: This year we gained an opportunity to achieve greater clarity about how fear and hate reinforce each other, how inspired demagoguery foments both, and how fatal to the health of a body politic a deliberately induced tribalism can be.
Victoria Defrancesco Soto: The American presidency isn’t a playground kickball game where petty resentments can play out. Latinos may not have supported Trump, but it is still his obligation to represent them as president.
Robert Reich: If Obama appointed Garland on January 3, the appointment would last until December 2017, the end of the first session of the 115th Congress.
Jaime O’Neill: All those people who have multiple facial piercings and other self-mutilations that sometimes even include big holes in their cheeks, in both nostrils, and in their elongated ear lobes really need to go shopping for a better box for themselves.
Steve Hochstadt: My penniless immigrant father could move past Americans who had been here for centuries because he was white. Nobody challenged my right to succeed because of the way I looked.
pledge allegiance to . . . what? The Electoral College, to no one’s serious surprise, voted Donald Trump in as the nation’s 45th president, and the pot of outrage in the American spectator democracy begins to boil. No, no, no, no, no, no, no — no to all his right-wing and idiotic cabinet and […]
Doris Wolz-Cohen: We are in the middle of a reactionary movement right now. Reactionary movements appear revolutionary but aren’t, because they are supported and energized by distorted instinct gone wild.
Lance Simmens: Through his 70 years on this Earth has Trump not at least considered the idea of a catastrophic misuse of such tremendous destructive power and how it would render all prospects of making money obsolete.
Jaime O’Neill: I am reminded that on all those happy Christmas Eves there were vast numbers of kids without expectation of toys, adults who were far from their families, or alone in the world, with no money, no room at the inn.
Rosemary Jenkins: After all, naïve thoughts once infused the minds of the multitude of Germans who were proud of their rich heritage and foolishly thought their nation could never produce the iniquitous leaders that it did, thus believing “It can’t happen here.” Yet it did!
ince the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, I’ve given daily thought to the more alarming aspects of Trump culture. Conversations among friends have been quite helpful, both here in the U.S. and in faraway Kabul, from where I recently returned. It becomes hard to envision constructive responses to Trumpism without […]
Ted Vaill: We will know soon if President Trump will do things in the interests of the country he heads, or if he will be a “useful idiot” for Putin.
Norman Solomon: If civil liberties instead of repression and diplomacy instead of war are progressive values, then all too many progressives—eager to tar Trump as a Kremlin product—have been undermining those values