Leo W. Gerard: It pitted U.S. and Canadian workers earning family-supportive wages against Mexican workers subsisting on pathetic pay and mostly denied the right to form independent labor unions that would help raise those wages.
Harvey Wasserman: Think of Trump as the ultimate payback, the balloon payment on the Empire. He is the eternal imperial mobster, a composite of exactly who we’ve foisted on so many other innocents throughout history.
Robert Koehler: National security is always seen, in the corridors of power, as a matter of striking back against some enemy or other, an attitude that strikes me as both stupid and cowardly.
Thom Hartmann: The entire “supply side” scam that if the rich people get richer it’ll help us all is totally discredited, but, in deference to their billionaire donors, the GOP still clings to it.
Berry Craig: Trump’s candid comment is more proof, as if more proof were needed, that he is the most morally bankrupt president ever.
Lance Simmens: All the potentially adverse political calculations of moving forward only serve to highlight the Party’s impotence. Unless we stand for something the public will only conclude that we are weak and stand for nothing.
Political wisdom, a compelling national vision (new but building upon the past), and a personal background that meshes with that vision—these are qualities I’ll look for in a candidate who I hope can beat Trump.
Suzanne Gordon and Steve Early: On this D-Day anniversary, Donald Trump is rolling out a program, favored by his right-wing backers, that directly attacks public provision of veterans’ healthcare.
James Preston Allen: We have abandoned the crafting of things with our hands to become voyeurs on little screens that provide us with instantaneous gratification and feed our addictions.
Berry Craig: Let’s just say things didn’t go so well for Donald last time round, as Trump Baby spread round the globe like a climate change fuelled wildfire
Dan Embree: Get the name of our agent in the Kremlin who spilled the beans on my deal with Vlad. The CIA calls him ‘Beano’, so I think he’s Mexican.”
Thom Hartmann: The Democratic Party must return to its pre-1992 progressive/protectionist/union roots and steal this issue right out of Trump’s mouth, saying that he’s not protecting American workers’ jobs well enough or fast enough.
Ken Wolf: While it is normal for humans to be proud of their homeland and culture, it is not normal to exalt individualism and personal freedom and wealth to the point that it is destructive of community and what used to be praised as “the common good.”