Mark Naison: Policies which claim to be in the “public interest” that only affect other people’s children and affirm race and class privilege, should be subject to the most careful kind of scrutiny.
Tom Hall: Third parties offer, once every four years, the pretense that their presidential candidates, with no supporting body of local, state or Congressional allies, will make major changes in “the system”. This is balderdash.
Tom Hayden: A delegation of American peace activists has succeeded in directly engaging the US ambassador to Pakistan over the drone attacks, which have killed civilians and inflamed anti-US opinion in South Asia and around the globe.
Berry Craig: Romney is hardly the only chest-thumping Republican who seems to have never met a war he didn’t like so long as others did the actual fighting.
Berry Craig: Given his macho talk and fondness for the flag and firearms, you’d think Hank Williams Jr. would have volunteered for what surely would have been the ultimate hunting trip for him — Vietnam.
Michael Sigman: Romney’s recent foreign foray showed an evasive, jingoistic panderer with a tin ear for diplomacy and, worse, a lack of interest in foreign affairs.
Berry Craig: You might think anybody as gung-ho for the draft as Romney evidently was would have welcomed a draft notice or maybe even have volunteered. Romney did neither.
Dick Price: If I did it right, the patients — some still wearing old jungle boots or ragged fatigue jackets 20 years down the road — could see that I knew at least some of what they knew about Vietnam. And about drinking, too.
Mark Naison: Within three or four years, revolt against testing and privatization may well cripple many school systems.
Norman Solomon: Paul Wellstone talked about representing and fighting for what he called the democratic wing of the Democratic Party and I would like to fight for the progressive wing of our social movements in Congress.
Half a century after those helicopters swept off the ground and into the annals of history, we pay tribute to the fallen, the missing, the wounded, the millions who served, and the millions more who awaited their return.
Friday Feedback: To just hold signs and chant about being the 99% and it being so unfair may have reached the point of diminishing returns while the mercurial attention of the American media and public is turning to the next shiny object.
William Blum: Those young people, and the old ones as well, keep surprising me, with their dedication and energy, their camaraderie and courage, their optimism and innovation, their non-violence and their keen awareness of the danger of being co-opted their focusing on the economic institutions more than on the politicians or political parties.