Michael T. Hertz: At the present moment, it appears ever less likely that Bernie will make it to the White House. But we can dream, can’t we? And we can think: what would it be like to have a leader who really responded to the people?
Murray Polner: Presidential elections since the sixties showed that its memories and impact will remain with us “so long as politicians who came of age in the 1960s seek high office—and perhaps longer— the tensions of the era will retain their power.” Those Fabulous Sixties
Charles Hayes: We still aspire to an ethos of self-reliance and rugged individualism espoused by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson at a time when we were poorer in purse but much more independent.
Jack Rothman: The first option is for Sanders to focus on reforming or radicalizing the Democratic Party, basically creating a new and robust New Deal.
Barbara MacLean: liberals have abandoned so many of the traditions they once fought for historically that the socialist movement has, unfortunately, taken over the causes of liberals ranging from state intervention in the economy, to raising the minimum wage, and introducing single payer healthcare as if this were the core of socialism.
John Peeler: Trump is a particular type of asshole: an ass-clown, who “seeks an audience’s enjoyment while being slow to understand how it views him.” Indeed, given his exaggerated or inflamed need to be superior, he is a flaming asshole.
Larry Wines: “They told me if I voted for Goldwater in 1964 that there would be racial violence in the streets and a major war in Southeast Asia. And you know what? I did, and they were right!”
Ana Beatriz Cholo: Where does Erin Aubry Kaplan think Barack Obama fit in the pantheon of great black American leaders?
Steve Hochstadt: Republicans have made taxes into enemy #1 of Americans. But the policies they propose mainly help the wealthy. They always attack the income tax, the most progressive tax.
Frank Fear: For years I assumed that higher education valued social responsibility in athletic administration. But universities pay primary attention to winning, branding/marketing, and finances. Social responsibility is often relegated to the undercard.
One of my history-minded friends has a long-range political view summed up in three words: Liberals always win. Battles may be ferocious and seem endless, he says, but they finally bring progressive victories. Liberals Are the Future
Marguerite Renner: Jane Mayer’s ‘Dark Money’ details efforts of the Koch Brothers to buy control of the American political system. Democracy Under Fire
Bernie Sanders: At a time when so few have so much, and so many have so little, we must reject the foundations of this contemporary economy as immoral and unsustainable.