Cody Foster: An Ex President Obama may find retirement more fruitful if he returns to his roots as a community organizer. Perhaps he will recreate a grassroots movement of the kind that turned out to elect him in 2008 and rally such energy behind a progressive agenda.
Murray Polner: As Obama prepares to depart to write his memoirs, oversee his presidential library, and await the judgment of history, we have to wonder whether the seeds of future wars his administration has planted will come to fruition.
Robert Reich: Democrats have done nothing to change the vicious cycle of wealth and power that has rigged the economy for the benefit of those at the top, and undermined the working class. In some respects, Democrats have been complicit in it.
Walter Moss: Is a macho leader really what we need? Or is such a desire too simplistic, a primitive throwback, perhaps appropriate in pre-modern times, but not today?
Norman Solomon: The message is that—if you don’t like mass surveillance and draconian measures to intimidate whistleblowers as well as journalists—your beef is really with technology, and good luck with pushing back against that.
Ellen Brown: One good gimmick deserves another. The debt ceiling could be eliminated for good, by restoring to the government its constitutional authority to create money.
John Peeler: While the administration continues to pursue closure on a case-by-case basis, I think it is time to consider again the option of just returning the entire base to Cuba.
Brent Budowksy: Obama continues to periodically lapse into ridicule and derision of liberals and labor, as he did during the recent trade debate.
David Love: President Obama—or Reverend President—has captured America’s attention on racial inequality. He must make the issue his central theme for his remaining time in office.
Murray Polner: Obama was going to be different, or so we hoped. The hundreds of thousands who joyously hailed him in Grant Park and the 1.5 million who turned out for his first inauguration were ecstatic with anticipation. The policies of the past were dead and gone. Or so we innocents thought.
Murray Polner: Most Latin Americans have had enough of American imperialism. Obama’s order sounded like most of our past presidents whose policies have led to so much injustice and suffering.
Michael T. Hertz: The United States has had a long history of Middle East involvement, but even in the past 14 years it has made pretty much of a mess of things.
Murray Polner: There’s a permanent taste for war among the Imperial City’s hawks, now ready to fight with your kids (never theirs) to teach that bastard Vladimir Putin a lesson and show him who’s boss.