The assault on the Capitol inspired by President Donald Trump was a tragic event -- disturbing to watch on television and leaving many difficult questions in its aftermath. Yet that terrible moment illuminated the national landscape like a flash of lightning.
It is now clear even to those who have pretended otherwise that Trump himself ...Read more
When Donald Trump finally vacates the White House on Jan. 20, his departure won't exorcise the political demons that have infested the nation over the past four years. The cult of personality that surrounds Trump has combined with his own profound disdain for constitutional norms, fulfilling the worst fears about his rise to power. He will ...Read more
The loudest sound on the American far right today is the angry whining emitted by sore losers who claim their candidate was defrauded but know for a fact that he was simply defeated. Their tune is grating, but their seditious words are troubling, with supporters of President Donald Trump repeatedly warning of "civil war" and even "secession." ...Read more
Nearly a year before he accepted the Republican nomination for president, Donald Trump's authoritarian impulses were too obvious to be ignored. By then, he was encouraging physical attacks on immigrants who were in the country illegally, demanding the deportation of millions more, and constantly appealing to hatred and bigotry. He bragged of ...Read more
In the throes of a global pandemic that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and will kill many more, it may be difficult to summon gratitude this Thanksgiving. Our sorrow and frustration are only intensified by a government that seems indifferent to the suffering and exacerbates suspicion and ill will at every opportunity.
And yet, on ...Read more
Everyone who voted in the 2020 presidential election should understand what the hierarchy of the Republican Party is doing right now. It is seeking to thwart the decision of the American electorate, expressed in a substantial majority vote for Joe Biden, with full consciousness of their own dishonesty. The Republicans are following directives ...Read more
There is no penalty for lying on television, as anyone who watches cable news already knows. It is considered normal today when Fox News personalities -- to name one prominent group of habitual liars -- repeat absurd falsehoods, even if the result is that people contract the coronavirus and die.
There is no penalty for lying on the radio, as ...Read more
By the time this is published, Joe Biden may be president-elect of the United States. While election authorities are still counting ballots in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia and a few other states, the most likely outcomes appear to favor the former vice president.
What is also most likely -- and indeed has already begun -- is a tantrum of ...Read more
At this moment, the president of the United States is threatening to "throw out" the votes of millions of Americans to hijack an election that he seems more than likely to lose. Donald Trump is openly demanding that state authorities invalidate lawful absentee ballots, no different from the ballot he just mailed to his new home state of Florida,...Read more