As more Americans become disillusioned with Trump, a potentially transformative moment is almost certain to appear. But voters dissatisfied with the status quo and Trump’s phony populism will seek equally transformative politicians.
"People need to be in the streets," was the consensus among panelists at a recent event addressing Trump's election win from an education justice perspective. A constant refrain was to "capture the energy of young people."
Donald Trump may tap former Rep. J.C. Watts for HUD Secretary. Both starred in infomercials for the shady Milin family. Watts flacked for the phony National Grants Conference, and Trump helped create the Trump Institute scam.
Underlying Trump's plan to "eliminate" government regulations is the premise that "government regulation" is itself a bad thing. And underlying that is the premise that government of by and for the people itself is illegitimate.
House Democrats pick their leaders this week. The betting is that they will retain the squad of septuagenarians that have led them over the last years. But it is long past time to groom new leaders.
How did it get to be "normal" that actual, verifiable ballots are not actually counted, yet we trust the reported results? Instead of publicly counting ballots we rely on results reported by computer tabulators
Expect Trump’s trade deals to be even more damaging for people in the US and abroad than the TPP would be. That would not be a victory for progressives. What we need is progressive internationalism.
Nations of the world are sending a message to Donald Trump: mess with Paris, and you may get slapped with a carbon tariff. Such a response could not happen unless the world compromised on an imperfect climate agreement in Paris.
Thousands of civil society groups coalesced to combat the TPP. The battle engaged slowly with objections to the secret negotiations. Protests grew exponentially. It was the concerted action of many, like the fire ant, that killed the TPP.
Americans must learn to distinguish the ways Trump is uniquely terrible from the ways in which he is not so terribly unique — except as a matter of degree. Consider the charges of "financial elder abuse" made against him.
Trump's plan does not call for public investment in public infrastructure, nor does it call for hiring local construction companies using American suppliers and creating jobs for American union workers.
America’s next secretary of commerce may be a private equity kingpin who owes his ample fortune to a career of manipulating the misfortune of America’s workers.
How do Democrats respond to Donald Trump? With his first appointments, Trump has doubled down on the extremes. Democrats might learn from the 1980s, when they won many battles against Reagan, but lost the war.
People's Action and other groups call for "uncompromising opposition" to Trump's attorney general pick. “Our question for members of the United States Senate is simple: do they support racism, or do they not?"
Right-wingers are also using the appropriations process to try to sneak ideological attacks past the American people, such as blocking access to contraception, exclude non-citizens from the Census and let landlords discriminate on race.
In this new era under a Trump regime, student protests are telling us something is very wrong. They're telling us it's time for bold stands, not wait-and-see equivocations, in the face of rising hatred. We should listen to them.
Trump has been lying about Ford for months. Ford and others have been calling him on it every step of the way. What's stunning is that he's still doing it after winning the election.
Donald Trump said he'd speak for the people, but in the days since he's become president-elect, it’s billionaires and bigots who are getting heard. Now it's time for us to use our voice and stand up for each other.
President-elect Donald Trump made a number of promises to his voters. Here is today’s post about a promise that he has already broken.
For the first time in a quarter-century, we’re about to see a vacuum of political and intellectual leadership in the Democratic Party. The party will have to remake itself. The question is, as what?
If the Trump administration follows through on its pledge to fry the climate and trash Obama's regulatory efforts, the backlash could be fierce. It is the job of the climate hawk to make it so.
In the wake of Trump’s victory, the traditional rituals were observed. Hillary Clinton gave a graceful concession speech; President Obama and Trump called for Americans to come together. The only true response was in the streets.
Could the resounding Election Day victory of a state tax initiative signal an impending surge for a new national egalitarian politics?
Steve Bannon is racist, misogynist and whip smart. With the authority of the Federal government, Bannon will be able to carry out witch hunts against perceived political enemies and to empower the most hateful elements in society.
President-elect Donald Trump made a number of promises to his voters. Here is today's post about a promise that he has already broken. "Today's Broken Trump Promise" is certain to be a regular series.
On Friday the White House announced it was dropping its effort to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in the "lame duck" session of Congress. It looks like TPP is really dead. Let this be a lesson to us.
When one of the President-elect's appointments gets positive responses from the KKK and the Nazis, it's hard to focus on his other hires. But it’s important. If "personnel is policy," as Sen. Warren says, then Trump’s policy is plunder.
What killed the Democrats' chances? People are still sifting through the data, but here are twelve notes from the ongoing political autopsy.
Donald Trump is the legally elected president-elect. But he needs to be resisted from day one with all the tools of an aroused democratic citizenry. He is not entitled to a honeymoon.
The head of the Senate says he won't bring it up for a vote, but House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn't said a thing. And, of course, Wall Street and the giant multinational corporations want TPP and they want it bad.
For those of us committed to social justice and opportunity for all, we may be entering one of the most challenging eras of our lives. But I am confident that, as a community, we will rise to the occasion.
If Trump manages to drag down the entire Republican Party with him over the next four years, Democrats might be able to snag the biggest political prize of all in the 2020 elections.
Democrats are having a hard time finding any bright spots in Tuesday's defeat. But communities that voted against the private takeover of their public schools showed progressive Democrats how to take back control of their party.
Companies like Apple and many others have been stashing profits in tax havens to dodge taxes. At some point our government should crack down and make them pay what they owe us. Are investors prepared for this?
Obama’s coalition will continue to grow in number. But Democrats better learn how to sing from Bernie Sanders' gospel to have any hope of becoming a majority party again.
In the late 70s the country was told that "protectionism" is bad for the economy and was sold "free trade" as a way to bring prosperity and jobs. "Laid-off workers would be "freed up" to get better jobs. Well, they never got better jobs
Despite Donald Trump's constant harping on how bad our veterans are treated, we do pretty well overall. Homelessness is a glaring exception. Although declining slightly in the past two years, it’s way too high, especially for female vets.
The economic and human crisis of what is happening across America is real. It makes sense that people are scared, angry and desperate for change. The work in front of us is mammoth – and we are committed.
I've seen firsthand how Donald Trump builds a wall of myths between American communities, in an effort to prevent people of different races and cultures from seeing their common foes. We have the power to tear down that wall.
If the the Republican rank-and-file can break with Trump, and Trumpism, Republican leaders will be more able to reposition and compete in 21st century America. But that is the most likely scenario.
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