Thoughts


From Dan T. Carter

Both George Wallace and Donald Trump are part of a long national history of scapegoating minorities: from the Irish, Catholics, Asians, Eastern European immigrants and Jews to Muslims and Latino immigrants. During times of insecurity, a sizable minority of Americans has been drawn to forceful figures who confidently promise the destruction of all enemies, real and imagined, allowing Americans to return to a past that never existed.

2016-05-14 at 11:05:51

From Bill Sardi

It is just another day in America, brought to you by an electronic news press that must stoop to the bizarre to gain web traffic.

2016-05-14 at 11:04:52

More From Cousin Lucky

My grandfather maintained the position with my mother, aunts, and grandmother that if I was old enough to ask the question then I was old enough for a truthful answer and I should not be lied to or given false illusions!!

2016-05-14 at 11:07:21

From Cousin Lucky

I hope that this presidential election does not ignite a civil war within these United States!! Human frustration can turn very violent and violence does not bow to rational logic!!

2016-05-09 at 07:37:05

From Bill C. Davis

Donald Trump has given the United States a Great Gift! What he has drawn to the surface are various toxins isolated in a boil ready to burst. To call Trump toxic is not the most important observation - the toxicity and the people he has invited to the surface for all to see - that is the best thing he has done for the country he loves.

2016-05-07 at 06:50:57

From Lucia Graves

The beauty and the horror of Donald Trump is that he tells people what he thinks they want to hear, and his genius is knowing precisely what that is. He has done a better job of reading the GOP base than anyone in the party and, ever the salesman, he is selling himself in the image of his electorates values.

Trumps populist message on the economy, trade deals and national security (he was against the Iraq war and appears to be largely non-interventionist) coupled with a generous dose of racism, sexism, and xenophobia is the most accurate portrait we have of what Republican voters actually think, feel and want to see represented. And many in the Republican leadership, perhaps sensing that this is a losing general election strategy, are by turns discouraged and embarrassed.

2016-05-06 at 13:11:32

From Natan Sharansky

The moment you give people a little bit of freedom, they want it all; the moment the virus of freedom is set loose, there is no way back.

2016-05-06 at 09:48:58

From Tim O Brien

A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from doing the things men have always done. If at the end of a war story you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie.

2016-05-05 at 13:23:41

From Alexis de Tocqueville

Despotism may govern without faith, but Liberty cannot.

2016-05-03 at 15:52:23

More From Thomas Paine

Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.

2016-04-26 at 04:00:12

More From John W. Whitehead

In past ages, those who dared to speak out against tyranny-viewed as an act of treason-were blinded, castrated, disfigured, mutilated, rendered mute by having their tongues cut out of their heads, and ultimately crucified.

In the American police state, the price to be paid for speaking truth to power (also increasingly viewed as an act of treason) is surveillance, censorship, jail and ultimately death.

It is a diabolically ingenious tactic for muzzling, disarming and ultimately eliminating ones critics or potential adversaries.

2016-04-26 at 03:57:38

More From Cousin Lucky

No matter what substance a human being gets addicted to; the reason is always that human beings desire to keep on living a lie, day after day 24/7!! When that human being decides to finally face the reality of the lie that they are living; recovery then becomes possible!! Some call it " hitting bottom " when one realizes that their addictive behavior is going to result in their death!! The easiest person to deceive is the one living inside of you!!

2016-04-23 at 10:50:04

From Jack Perry

We have an epidemic of murder and violence in our society because the government leads people by example. But because we value life, we do not care to admit it and blame the guns instead. As if the guns just get up all by themselves and open fire. Pardon me, but the guns that wind up in the wrong hands are usually the ones the government issues. I bet we do not even know how many people our government has killed over bizarre foreign policy objectives, incoherent ideologies, and centuries-old ideas about political institutions. The idea of "democracy" has already killed more people in the Middle East than the "dictators" we were trying to or did replace. Right, they do not value life like we do. And if we have to murder everybody in the Middle East to prove that, then so be it, sayeth the United States government.

2016-04-19 at 19:53:34

From Glenn Greenwald

The way things are supposed to work is that we are supposed to know virtually everything about what government officials do: that is why they are called public servants. They are supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that is why we are called private individuals. This dynamic - the hallmark of a healthy and free society - has been radically reversed. Now, they know everything about what we do, and are constantly building systems to know more. Meanwhile, we know less and less about what they do, as they build walls of secrecy behind which they function. That is the imbalance that needs to come to an end. No democracy can be healthy and functional if the most consequential acts of those who wield political power are completely unknown to those to whom they are supposed to be accountable.

2016-04-18 at 13:51:28

More From Paul Craig Roberts

Hillary Clinton is proving to be the "teflon candidate." In her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, she has escaped damage from major scandals, any one of which would destroy a politician. Hillary has accepted massive bribes in the form of speaking fees from financial organizations and corporations. She is under investigation for misuse of classified data, an offense for which a number of whistleblowers are in prison. Hillary has survived the bombing of Libya, her creation of a failed Libyan state that is today a major source of terrorist jihadists, and the Benghazi controversy. She has survived charges that as Secretary of State she arranged favors for foreign interests in exchange for donations to the Clintons foundation. And, of course, there is a long list of previous scandals: Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate. Diana Johnstones book, Queen of Chaos, describes Hillary Clinton as "the top salesperson for the ruling oligarchy."

Hillary Clinton is a bought-and-paid-for representative of the big banks, the military-security complex, and the Israel Lobby. She will represent these interests, not those of the American people or Americas European allies.

2016-04-13 at 14:43:02

As You Traverse This Life Please Try To Remember That There Are No Absolute Mistakes; There Are Only Errors In Your Perceived Judgement As To The Likely Outcomes Of Your Actions!!!