March 1, 2021
After a brief rebellion, the Republican leaders in Congress have surrendered to Donald Trump. Mitch McConnell said he would “absolutely” support Donald Trump if he is the party’s nominee in 2024. Even Sen. Mitt Romney, no fan of the former president, predicted that Trump will win the nomination if he runs.
A few brave Republicans still point out that Trump tried to pull off a coup, but they are voices crying in a political wilderness. We should admire Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyoming), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), and Sen. Ben Sasse (Nebraska) for their courage and honesty. However…
January 27, 2021
Impeaching Donald Trump is critical for protecting our democracy from a tyrant, but that is not the only reason for conducting a trial in the Senate and convicting him.
The trial may also be moderate Republicans’ last chance to cast Trump out of their party and to avoid being purged by his hard-core followers. And if the Senate does not convict Trump, President Joe Biden may not be able to govern effectively. That would be toxic for our democracy, already badly damaged by the last four years.
You’d think the Republicans in the Senate would use this…
January 9, 2021
American democracy is facing the kind of existential threat that destroyed the German Weimar Republic in 1933.
The President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, is an enemy of the people, an enemy of the state. Trump presents a clear and present danger to American democracy, and he must be eliminated as a political force. Donald Trump must never be allowed to run for public office again. He must be humiliated and disgraced.
The best way to bar Trump from political life would be through a swift impeachment and conviction. …
Republicans Are Too Tight-Fisted, Again
December 22, 2020
The new Covid-19 relief bill is too limited in scope, and, in a critical failure, it does not provide desperately needed aid for state and local state governments. Once again, Republicans have channeled their inner Scrooge, slashing relief payments for individuals by 50%, and they have taken a punitive approach to Blue states. That will hurt the whole country, not just Democratic-led states, and it is an ominous sign for the incoming Biden administration.
President-elect Joe Biden welcomed the new program, while emphasizing that Congress would need to pass another massive package…
Trump obstructed justice, but prosecuting him would set a terrible precedent and it might boomerang against Democrats.
December 6, 2020
One of the toughest decisions that Joe Biden will have to make as President is whether to authorize, or allow, the Department of Justice to prosecute Donald Trump for obstructing justice.
There are very strong arguments for a Federal criminal prosecution of Trump, based on the facts and the law. But taking this momentous step would set a terrible precedent, which would further divide the country, and it might boomerang against the Democrats. The best course of action, and the…
November 19, 2020
What are the bedrock principles of a democracy?
After a hard-fought campaign, the party in power accepts its defeat in an election and hands over the reins of government to the opposition party. Although the losers are not happy with the results, they bow to the will of the people. They don’t attack the election process, or their opponents, as illegitimate or fraudulent. The transfer of power is peaceful and prompt.
The Republican Party is abandoning these principles, and that is very dangerous for our country and our democratic traditions. Republican leaders at several levels of government…
Joe Biden Has Saved American Democracy
November 9, 2020
We have dodged a bullet; the nightmare is over. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won the election, with a solid, three-point margin, 50.6% to 47.6%. The Democrats have received a mandate; the voters repudiated Donald Trump and his cramped, dark vision for America. Our nation faces huge challenges, but we can start to rebuild our democracy and move forward.
This is a time to celebrate, despite some disappointments.
The Democrats have routed an incumbent who used — and abused — all his advantages as he fought to remain in office…
But Mike Pence Only Irritated Women Voters
Last week Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence auditioned to run for President in four years. Sen. Harris passed with flying colors. She also helped the Democratic ticket maintain its lead in the polls.
Meanwhile, Mike Pence’s stiff, uninspiring performance did not enhance his image or repair the damage from Donald Trump’s rampage in his debate with Joe Biden. Instead, the Vice President’s overbearing demeanor aggravated the Republicans’ problems with female voters.
Kamala Harris has learned from her missteps as a candidate in the Democratic primaries. The Senator’s harsh attacks on…
September 21, 2020
President Donald Trump loves to thunder that Joe Biden is a “socialist”, a puppet of the “radical left”. But Biden’s tax proposals are generally moderate and pragmatic. They represent a necessary correction to Trump’s massive and excessive tax cuts for corporations and ultra-rich Americans.
Capitalism will remain alive and well, if Biden becomes President, and his spending plans could invigorate the U.S. economy. They won’t be installing a statue of Karl Marx in a Biden White House.
You won’t see any fingerprints of Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes on Biden’s tax proposals. There is no wealth tax…
August 30, 2020
The Empire struck back last week, trying to regain momentum after the Democratic convention, which managed to be entertaining and hard-hitting at the same time. The Democrats hammered Trump for bungling the virus crisis, and their criticism clearly stung.
So the Republicans put on an alternative reality show, in which the plague is over, the economy is roaring back…. and the Democrats plan to impose socialism on the United States.
The Republican speakers followed three main strategies at their convention:
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