One year after Donald Trump took office and the Women’s March supposedly marked the rise of a new anti-Trump Resistance, it is crystal clear that the Resistance amounts to nothing more than a campaign to elect more Democrats to high office. The only trouble is, Democrats never push for liberal, much less progressive or left, politics once they get into power. The Democratic Party is where the American Left goes to die…and Trump hasn’t changed that.
In Donald Trump, America has a president whose tone and personality perfectly embody the hateful aggressiveness of the nation’s foreign policy. Maybe we should view that not as embarrassing, but as fair warning to suckers who might fall for the high-flying rhetoric of our rotten nation.
Oprah Winfrey floats a possible presidential run and the media fawns despite her total lack of political history or experience. What a contrast with how they treated a candidate with qualifications and a true message of hope for ordinary Americans!
The Republican tax bill departs from tradition to specifically target citizens of Democratic states with higher taxes via the elimination of the deductions for real estate taxes and state and local income taxes, both of which are more important in the coastal states where those taxes are high. What else will the Republicans do to make life difficult for Democrats?
It says a lot about Donald Trump that, when it comes down to the nuclear posturing between the U.S. and North Korea, it seems less likely that dictator Kim Jong-Un will launch missiles than our own president.
Is the performance of the stock market inversely related to the mental health of the president of the United States. The big records set by the Dow Jones Industrial Average under Donald Trump (20,000 in 2017, 25,000 in 2018) serve as a reminder that securities markets seem to reward presidential weirdness over competence and sanity. Sorry, Jimmy Carter!
Controversies over free speech on college campuses and othe place serve to remind us that free speech is in the eye of the beholder, and that people tend to disrespect expression they disagree with. The thing is, however, free speech really is a suicide pact. We’re either all in it together or not at all.
Donald Trump is pushing through radical right policies, including a tax revamp and a crackdown against immigrants. But Democrats could reverse all that if and when they retake power. So everything will be just fine. Right?
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Ted Rall is the political cartoonist at ANewDomain.net, editor-in-chief of SkewedNews.net, a graphic novelist and author of many books of art and prose, and an occasional war correspondent. He is the author of the biography "Trump," to be published in July 2016.