The United States is coming undone. It is dis-united. Its citizens are bitterly divided along a widening chasm, each side believing the other is despicable; its democratic institutions are under assault; its ideals of equality and respect for the rule of law, once so widely admired around the world, are now ignored, even scorned, by […]
This, apparently, is “normal” in the United States: Earlier this week, in the small town of Benton, Kentucky, a high school sophomore walked onto his campus and started shooting, wounding several schoolmates and killing two — Bailey Nicole Holt, who died at the scene, and Preston Ryan Cope, who died after he was transported to […]
Pundits and political scientists have already expended countless joules of intellectual energy to explain Trump’s election, with economic insecurity among the more popular answers. But several researchers who have pored over the data have concluded that anxiety over lost jobs and closed factories didn’t propel Trump into office.
In his latest attack on the ballot, Trump has appointed a so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, mostly a claque of Trump cheerleaders whose job is to pretend that massive voter fraud prevented Trump from winning the popular vote. Inevitably, that lie will lead to recommendations that will lop thousands of Democratic-leaning voters off the rolls. Such tactics have been employed by Republicans for decades.
The evidence of human-caused climate change is clear and convincing. Fifteen of the 16 hottest years on record have occurred in this young century; 2016 broke the record set in 2015, which had broken the record set the year before. Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has famously predicted that humankind has a century to find another planet to live on or face extinction.
It is a cruel bill that will leave millions of people without access to medical care while delivering a substantial tax cut to the wealthy. In other words, just like the version of Trumpcare that came from the House, the Senate version is a reverse Robin Hood: It takes from the poor to give to the rich.
While it’s true that Sessions rightly recused himself from any investigation into Russian hacking in March, he had already had a month to learn about Russian interference in the election. And he could still ask for a briefing without putting the investigation, now headed by special counsel Robert Mueller, in jeopardy. Isn’t he concerned?
That amounted to a repudiation of a reckless philosophy with which Brownback is now completely identified. And it ought to serve as a warning to President Donald Trump, whose budget is modeled on the same magical thinking. The president has proposed whopping tax cuts that will overwhelmingly benefit the rich, claiming that those tax cuts will prompt businesses to hire more people, thereby creating a bounty of new jobs.
That means America has abandoned a role it has held since the end of World War II as the unquestioned leader of the free world, the widely respected force for global good, the premier defender of human rights. There is, after all, no human right more basic than the right to clean air and water, the right to live on a planet that provides basic resources, the right to an Earth that is a friendly host to the human species.
Trump managed to persuade a lot of those white Americans that he would give them better and cheaper health insurance. That’s not going to happen. Trump was too smart to ridicule the have-nots while he was on the campaign trail, but his policies are still going to give them the shaft.
Certainly, we are in a hyper-partisan age. But does that mean partisans set aside every principle they ever held dear and watch democratic norms be destroyed just to protect a president from their party? Are institutional checks and balances meaningless?
Last year was the hottest year on record, beating the record set in 2015. And 2015 topped the record set in 2014, according to NASA. Scientists say that this is the first time that temperature records have been broken three years in a row. For all the time spent worrying about jihadist terrorists and Mexican criminals, they don’t constitute an existential threat to humanity. Climate change does.
Andrew Puzder’s replacement, Alexander Acosta, hails from an immigrant background (his parents came from Cuba), and he is a former U.S. attorney. But there is no reason to expect him to have any great compassion or concern for the little guy. Trump’s white working-class supporters are in for nothing but disappointment.
Betsy DeVos is a doctrinaire right-winger who means to destroy public education, replacing it with a system of religious schools that serve the middle class and the wealthy. Implacably hostile to the public commons, she would rip apart a core asset of our democracy.
A Trump court could conceivably outlaw abortion altogether, which would take us into new political (and medical) terrain. You doubt that would happen? Let’s hope you’re right. But the tides of ultraconservative authoritarianism are rising, and those high waters will change the landscape, especially for women.
Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was a triumph of racial resentment and fears about demographic change, a primal scream from whites who are anxious about an America that is becoming increasingly diverse. But for all the xenophobia that Trump encourages, his supporters will be disappointed to learn that white Americans are headed, inexorably, for minority status, based on legal immigration and birth rates.
We have officially entered the Age of Trump, an era that may be the most contentious and most dangerous to the health of the republic since the Civil War. We are two nations of nearly equal count, divided by opposing views on race, religion, pluralism, sexual orientation, feminism and even science
Progressives don’t have the luxury of merely singing the old hymns or citing the old speeches. There are battles to fight to preserve hard-won gains. Martin Luther King was no naive dreamer. But he always believed in an America that was better than the one in which he lived.
Jeff Sessions is one in a long line of reprehensible characters likely to inhabit the Trump White House. But if he is confirmed as the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, Sessions will be in a position to provoke extraordinary harm in the lives of ordinary Americans.
The United States has stood as a beacon to the world — a “shining city on a hill” — because of the values we represent, and Trump’s autocratic and ethnocentric views are the absolute antithesis of what this great nation has stood for and a violation of the spirit of the Founding Fathers.
Donald Trump’s America, it seems, is a land of explicit bigotry, of a political incorrectness that looks a lot like racial prejudice, of a white supremacy bursting out of its confines in the civic attic.
It seems we are in the throes of another of those periods when the “paranoid style in American politics,” as the historian Richard Hofstadter put it in a groundbreaking essay, is ascendant. No nefarious act, no multilayered conspiracy, is too bizarre, too complex or too ridiculous for some to believe.
The appellation “alt-right” severs a white supremacist ideology from its KKK roots. It applies a hefty coat of Wite-out (pun intended) to a dangerous and frightening appreciation for Adolf Hitler. However, the “alt-right” is nothing but the same old white supremacy that has oppressed minorities for centuries.