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Trump tries to end the Afghanistan war while Democrats want to keep killing

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Pollsters have observed a consistent enthusiasm gap between supporters of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Any factor that dampens Democratic turnout could contribute to a second come-from-behind victory for the GOP.

Adding to liberal voters' ambivalence over Biden is a rarely discussed aspect of Trump's presidency. ...Read more

10 reasons I won't vote for Biden

From the Left / Ted Rall /

1. My vote is a personal endorsement. It says, "I, citizen Ted Rall, approve of Joe Biden's career in public office." I do not. Voting for Biden would be a retroactive endorsement of his vote to invade Iraq, which killed over 1 million innocent people. Voting for Biden would be a retroactive endorsement of his long history of racism, beginning ...Read more

Like Trump, Biden would be a right-wing president

From the Left / Ted Rall /

What would President Joe Biden do? His supporters are making it hard to read the tealeaves.

They say he'd appoint a great Cabinet. But he won't tell us who would be in it.

They say he'd be progressive. Yet his "unity platform" doesn't include a single major policy position endorsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

As they warn in those investment ...Read more

On foreign policy, Biden is worse than Trump

From the Left / Ted Rall /

President Donald Trump is terrible. Joe Biden is just as bad. In some ways, the Democrat is worse.

You shouldn't vote for either one.

Trump is erratic and unpredictable, which is dangerous. Even so, Biden is worse than Trump on international relations.

At the center of the president's worldview is a deep, admirable and prescient skepticism ...Read more

The data is clear: Progressives should boycott Biden

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Once again, the Democratic Party is asking progressives to vote for a presidential nominee who says he disagrees with it about every major issue. This is presented as an offer it cannot refuse. If it casts a protest vote for a third-party candidate like the unionist and environmentalist Howie Hawkins of the Green Party or stays home on that key ...Read more

Resist evictions and foreclosures

From the Left / Ted Rall /

COVID-19 has created the ideal medium for a summer of continuous protest.

Political protests and demonstrations used to be weekend affairs during which angry leftists shouted at empty government offices before shuffling home Sunday afternoon to gear up for the workweek. With 1 out of 4 workers having filed for unemployment and many more working...Read more

Our politics need a culture of atonement

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Culturally informed by Roman Catholicism's expectation that regret must prompt an apology as well as penance, Western European tradition calls for a rhetorical journey by politicians who claim to have changed course. A chastened leader should explain why and how he came to his previous belief, explain the circumstances that changed his mind and ...Read more

An open letter to Los Angeles Times executive editor Norman Pearlstine

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Dear Mr. Pearlstine: Last week, you issued a statement acknowledging the role your newspaper has played in the racist oppression of people of color, according to the "LA Podcast." "The Los Angeles Times has a long, well-documented history of fueling the racism and cruelty that accompanied our city's becoming a metropolis," you wrote. You ...Read more

Did I or didn't I have COVID-19? Blundering through unknowable truths

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Few things are more terrifying than the unknown, as we are discovering as we struggle to navigate, avoid and (if we fail to avoid) survive a mysterious new virus. That goes double when reliable information is hard to come by; it is unquantifiably worse without credible leadership.

"Who ya gonna believe," Chico Marx asked, "me or your own eyes?"...Read more

Is the neo-Taliban next for Afghanistan?

From the Left / Ted Rall /

I shouted the text of my latest story about the invasion from a Palm Pilot into a balky Iridium satellite phone. It was at least my third attempt, and the battery was dying. A Village Voice employee assigned to take dictation on the other side of the world interrupted me.

"I don't understand," she said, irritated. "Why don't you just go to ...Read more

If Trump wins again, don't blame progressives. This is on you, centrists

From the Left / Ted Rall /

The corporate conservatives who control the Democratic Party are suffering from cheaters' remorse.

The DNC and its media allies (NPR, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Vox, etc.) subverted the will of primary voters, undermining initial front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders in order to install the worst candidate of the 20 centrists in ...Read more

We need a centralized medical system, too

From the Left / Ted Rall /

The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare two fundamental flaws in the American health care system.

No. 1: There's a reason that other rich countries treat health care as a taxpayer-financed social program. Employer-based health insurance was stupid pre-COVID-19 because our economy was already steadily transitioning from traditional full-time W-2 ...Read more

So far, there is no reason not to believe Tara Reade

From the Left / Ted Rall /

Did Joe Biden finger-rape Tara Reade in the Capitol in 1993? No one knows but the two of them. (Given the former vice president's obviously fragile mental state, he might not remember.)

Pending the miraculous discovery of ancient surveillance footage, we may never know the truth about this alleged sexual assault. Still, the issue is worth ...Read more

 

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