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Reich writes: "Trump has picked Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General - to be in charge of enforcing all the laws of the United States and litigating of all cases up to and including the Supreme Court."

Robert Reich. (photo: unknown)
Robert Reich. (photo: unknown)

The Trump Administration Will Be the Most Dangerous Since Richard Nixon

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page

22 November 16


rump has picked Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General – to be in charge of enforcing all the laws of the United States and litigating of all cases up to and including the Supreme Court.

Sessions is a virulent conservative who as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee has opposed immigration reform and refused to cut mandatory minimum prison sentences. He was rejected for a federal judgeship because of racist comments and actions, by a Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in the Reagan administration. And he has disparaged the Voting Rights Act.

This is a horrendous pick, proving – as if anyone needed further proof – the Trump administration will be the most dangerous since Richard Nixon’s, or perhaps ever.

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-54 # savagem13 2016-11-22 09:16
Marc Ash,

You can ask me to contribute as many times as you want. I might consider it if you replace sellout Reich with someone who is a true progressive. Or, if Reich apologizes for the part he played in the Bill Clinton administration, and for shilling for Hillary. I'm willing to believe he can change, but not unless he admits to past mistakes.
+15 # tgemberl 2016-11-22 13:11
You need to watch this film series. Reich admits that things went wrong in the Clinton administration. He is interviewed a number of times. Remember that hindsight is always 20/20. The Clinton administration did things they thought would work at the time, and some didn't. I believe Reich tried to resist some of the move towards "Republican lite" at the time.

The second part talks the most about the Clinton administration.
+4 # savagem13 2016-11-23 10:31
I have some time off due to the upcoming holiday. I will try to watch these videos.
+1 # tgemberl 2016-11-23 15:15
Great. Here's a quote in the film from an economist that was real influential in the corrupting of our politics, James Buchanan: "There's no such thing as public service. Bureaucrats are just pursuing their own selfish interests." I think this is similar to the bizarre claim we hear that belief in climate change comes somehow from bureaucrats wanting to "control people." It's hard to see how you could possibly get anywhere near the profit from preaching about climate change that you can get from promoting fossil fuels. There's only one thing in the films that I question, the idea that antidepressants were invented so elites could control the population. Curtis implies that some elite group got together and asked, "how can we control people? Let's invent a drug that pacifies them." I think the reality is that some neurologist just discovered that serotonin was important in the functioning of the brain and that changing the way it worked would help people.
-24 # William Brandon Shanley 2016-11-22 18:33
Seriously, Marc, you give Reich far too much space. He has no credibility. He is a Clintonista. Reich needs to retire with the Clinton's to pedophile island where they can rape children and do Spirit Cooking to the evil hearts' delight. I'm not going to contribute one more penny to RSN until you get better writers. Aggregator software can replace other staff. You have little or no credibility after your completely one sided coverage of the election. Your intellectual dishonesty was and continues to be on full display for the whole world to see.
+14 # tgemberl 2016-11-22 21:06
I wish I could give you a thumbs down multiple times. You're not satisfied to criticize Reich's record but have to imply he's some sort of sexual deviant. Whatever you might think about Bill Clinton, Reich doesn't deserve that.
-2 # anarchaos 2016-11-25 15:26
Reich says; "Trumps admin will be the most dangerous since Richard Nixon's, or p'raps ever." Has he forgotten "W"s legacy (Iraq,Afghan,li es) and "W"s Dick (torture)Cheney and 9/11/2001? Trump will likely not be more dangerous than either the Nixon or Cheney admin's. If Trump does indeed talk to Putin rather than demonize and blame him for almost Everything. Now Hillary would have been a far different matter. (I don't hate her I just cannot trust her). "Conspiracy Theorist" = One who questions the statements of known liars. And as GeoOrwell said, 'In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.'
+33 # John Whiting 2016-11-22 09:38
Trump doesn't actually believe this stuff (or anything else), he sold out to the evangelical alt right just to get their votes.
+33 # HowardMH 2016-11-22 10:25
Yes Stupid America got just what Stupid America wanted -- now live with it.
+18 # markovchhaney 2016-11-22 11:25
The assumption that everyone or most people who voted for Trump is stupid is itself rather ignorant or disingenuous. Ditto assuming they are all or mostly racists, homophobes, anti-Semites, xenophobes, or misogynists. If you start interviewing and actually LISTENING to a cross-section of Trump voters, you see far more diversity of background and thinking than is comfortable for knee-jerk liberals or anyone who needs to stereotype in order to function.

Trump will be POTUS for at least 4 years. It's better to start thinking about how to minimize potential damage AND how to take advantage of areas of opportunity to make things better. I expect that there are areas of government where we'll have better chances with this administration than we would have under Clinton, and areas where we will have to work hard to prevent damage. But name-calling will likely get us nowhere, fast and repeatedly.
+1 # savagem13 2016-11-23 10:35
Agree with markovchhaney-- all of it. I didn't vote Trump, but I don't have the right to assume that anyone who did is stupid. And denigrating me (which many "progressives" have done) for voting for Stein is similarly useless. Being divisive will get us nowhere. Which is why I'm willing to consider watching the Reich videos suggested above in the hopes of seeing another side to him.
+33 # mh1224jst 2016-11-22 11:41
Alas, we cannot live with it. One thing that Trump was blatantly clear about all along is that he is a card-carrying trickle-down billionaire who hates taxation. He will lower taxes at the top even more. This will cause a crash, and a depression. Why didn't we know this? The economics profession has suppressed the knowledge we needed all along, and done so since 1980. We are being destroyed by the Reagan Revolution.
+10 # Jaax88 2016-11-22 14:22
Stupid is as stupid says. We do not have to live with and like trump's agenda. Many voice are speaking out about resisting his agenda and actions. They need to be fired up and cover America like a blanket to say and show trump is a liar and will and even cannot do in toto what he has promised the blue collar workers and rural folks. What he is likely to do will not be really helpful for the masses. trump is a message man to get his way, but he will give a little and claim a lot to once again con the people. "See my plan and action were fantastic. All American voters are a penny better off while my brethren are 90 to 99 cents better off. Believe me I helped you."
-66 # 2wmcg2 2016-11-22 10:02
Trump won the election fair and square. Maybe his administration will fail miserably, maybe not. I don't think it helpful to be throwing around words like "dangerous" to alarm people before Trump actually takes office.

Americans are vaguely dissatisfied with the current regimes (both Democratic and Republican) so they are trying something new. Reich has no moral authority to say they can't do that. I don't see Sessions as a threat to our system of government.
+44 # revhen 2016-11-22 11:21
"Fair and square???? Pre-voting polls had Hillary winning the swing states. Exit polls had Hillary winning the swing states. Yet she lost every one somehow. The elections was rigged in Trump's favor. Where did all the lost ballots go? And Trump accused the Democrats of rigging the election. That was either a pure lie or psychological projection. The Scalia supreme court gutted the voting rights section of the civil rights law thus promoting such fraud. Sessions fully supports suppressing minority and Democrat votes. Please pull your head out of where the sun don't shine.
+9 # tgemberl 2016-11-22 18:57
Clinton won the popular vote (the margin gets wider and wider by day), but I agree with the analysts who say that polls underestimated the Trump support. A lot of people who voted for Trump didn't want to say they did. So, in a sense, he did "win fair and square," within our dysfunctional system.
+1 # Salus Populi 2016-11-25 08:03
As Bill Palmer has pointed out, if it were true that there were clumps of Trump voters who didn't acknowledge themselves as such, the margins of Trump's victories would vary from one swing state to the next. Instead, they all were almost exactly the same -- right around one per cent, or enough for victory without arousing suspicion -- which, just s was the case with Ohio in 2004, defies the odds by mathematically impossible amounts.

In Florida, for example, going up to election day Clinton had accumulated a margin among early voters that required Trump to take up to 74 per cent of the election day voters. Who would believe that is what happened?

And as Revhen points out, the exit polls, which the United States has for decades used as a measure of the honesty of foreign elections of selected states, disagreed by significant margin with the results. In a move that the Republican-frie ndly and billionaire owned media began using at around the same time as electronic, untraceable voting machines began being used -- owned, also, by Republican, right-wing activists -- the media analysts then, rather than pointing out the obvious chicanery, simply "adjusted" the exit polls themselves to agree with the rigged outcome.

Neither party, nor the kept media, will acknowledge this (just as they refused to acknowledge the fraudulent nature of both the 2000 and the 2004 elections, for obvious reasons. But that doesn't change the facts.
+24 # Jaax88 2016-11-22 14:37
You really do not know what you are talking about when claiming Sessions being not a threat.

He will be a threat to a non-partisan, unbiased and fair administration of justice in America. He is a threat to civil rights, to free, nonrigged elections and voting rights for all Americans and a healthy, lawful, solely government owned penal system. Session impresses me as having a chip on his shoulder, perhaps because he was rejected for a federal court appointment because of his racial bigotry.
-8 # librarian1984 2016-11-22 18:29
2wmcg2, Your post is eminently reasonable. Don't expect to be rewarded.

Alarmists rule the day. Later they'll deny it and condemn you as a liar if you bring it up.
+4 # tgemberl 2016-11-22 18:58
You say they're going to deny it later. You mean when Trump turns out to be a great president?
-3 # Jaax88 2016-11-22 22:59
Hello there 1984. Previously I wrote you seem to be giving off two different contradictory messages. I am still confused.
So let me ask you a question which I hope you will answer here. I am getting a distinct feeling you are a trump troll and if so you worked people here to convinced voters, especially Bernie voters, not to vote for Hillary. True or not?
-1 # librarian1984 2016-11-22 23:17
I am Spartacus, Jaax, and whose troll are you? You have some HUAC Redux you're working on?

You and the other hysterics are making things worse than they already are. Trump will be our president. Period. Do you think if we say Not My President enough times he'll disappear in a cloud of DNC glitter?

YOU condoned election theft and a crooked candidate and you ignored data. When she cackled at murder you said that was perfectly normal. When she threatened war you closed your eyes. When she insulted people you said she was tough. When she libelled Sanders you said it was justified. When the Wall Street speeches were leaked you refused to read them. When the polls said Sanders was a better candidate you ignored them. When she lied you said it was truth. When they cancelled the exit polls you plugged your ears. When she pivoted to the GOP you said that was smart. When she lost you said waaaaaaaa!

David Brock played you like a fracking fiddle. And now .. now we've got Trump. And now .. instead of dealing with it like adults, you down-vote any sane voice and persist with the arrogance and the pity parties and the accusations.

It's evident you were wrong. But instead of apologizing you're trying to deflect with a Hillary cult -- when she couldn't give a royal fig about anybody who can't write her a million dollar check.

You revere Bernie so much? He says we should work with Trump.

Is it really so difficult to be rational and honest?
-5 # librarian1984 2016-11-23 07:43
I suppose you think we should obstruct EVERYTHING Trump does? Even if he can bring jobs we should fight it? Because who cares about real people when you're busy having your tantrum?

You are squandering your credibility .. oh wait .. you don't have any. Why do you think you should be telling everyone what to think and how to act when you have been wrong about EVERYTHING?

This election is NOT about YOU. It's about US. If you can't be rational, get out of the way and let the adults get to work.
+2 # Brice 2016-11-25 04:15
You believe Trump behaves like an adult then ?
+12 # lfeuille 2016-11-22 18:59
No he didn't. The voting lists were purged of as many minorities as possible before the election. That is not fair and square. l
+19 # jwb110 2016-11-22 10:09
Trump believes anything that will bolster his sense of making the world over in his image and likeness. My feeling about the after shocks of the election is not so much the progressive writers like Reich being replaced but more about the writers like Reich who are preaching to the choir. Surely, it is a step in the right direction to call out the Trump campaign and potential administration for what it was. As readers, we know where many of the potential problems are. What I would like to see is less alarmist headlines and more investigative reporting of the in present time events or conditions that could staunch some of the real issues facing the "entire" nation if this ideologically and social engineering driven vision of what a great America will look like if Trump and Trumpites get their way. In that respect the real danger lies in the Congress and that must be addressed in an investigative way in order to blunt moves that can impact the "greater nation" who will not be given seats at the table in the new America. Mr. Reich, we already know the problem. It is up to you and your colleagues to give us hard facts out of which we can build a template to hold back these demagogues.
+23 # Jim Rocket 2016-11-22 10:20
I'm expecting an executive order fairly quickly to carve his face on Mount Rushmore.
+27 # bbaldwin2001 2016-11-22 10:47
His head is too big for Mount Rushmore :-)
+16 # GoGreen! 2016-11-22 10:54
Mr. Reich and his colleagues are not giving us the truth. Both major party candidates were not concerned with conditions for the vast majority of the people of this nation. There is no shortage of 'fake' news fed to us day after day. Our electoral system is corrupted and our 'Representative s' do not represent us. The whole of our democracy has been destroyed.

I hope the people will be together in stopping the third world war which is now beginning. We need to stop all these endless wars and redirect our attention to taking care of our problems at home.
-1 # Activista 2016-11-22 11:38
I hope the people will be together in stopping the third world war which is now beginning ...
This third world war fear hysteria was used against Clinton ... who was much stable than psychopath Trump. Fear and nationalism creates wars - and you are not helping.
-2 # Jaax88 2016-11-22 14:48
Hear, hear!!!!!
+1 # dickbd 2016-11-22 16:44
Well, I voted for her, but she was pretty much a hawk! She loved no-fly zones, and those are acts of war. It was disgraceful what her husband did to Iraq. She wasn't responsible for that, but I think she was of the same mindset.

There is evidence that she was involved of the overthrow of the elected Ukraine government, and she was quite anti-Russian in her rhetoric.
+1 # Jaax88 2016-11-22 14:47
Good commentary, but your point about alarmist writing is not quite right. Your suggested solution without passion of just reporting the facts and dry investigations suffers from the likelihood of getting lost in the mass of news, opinions and fake news. Not likely to galvanize large portions of the electorate who, without a passionate commitment to oppose trump's agenda will lose out to trump and alt-right propaganda.
+28 # Bic Parker 2016-11-22 11:05
"Yes Stupid America got just what Stupid America wanted -- now live with it."

Tragically, NONStupid America-and the planet- must live [or die] with it as well.
+1 # markovchhaney 2016-11-22 11:08
Seriously, more dangerous than the Reagan or GWB administrations ? SERIOUSLY?
+17 # revhen 2016-11-22 11:24
Extremely seriously. DJT has now graduated from angry tweets revealing his basic insecurity to having his finger on the nuclear button. God save us all.
+1 # markovchhaney 2016-11-22 11:46
You'd have slept well with Hillary's finger there? How about Nixon, Reagan, Bush II aka Dick Cheney?

Anxiety about nuclear war was on the decline for decades. With HRC's willingness to bait Russia and China, possibly take us into war with Russia via Syria and/or the Ukraine. . . things would become far more dicey than they'd been for a long time.
+5 # librarian1984 2016-11-22 16:58
We went to Def Con 3 based on HRC's and Ash Carter's antics, among others.

Obviously it's going to take a while for the hysteria to subside. Smelling salts all around. Hillary did her part to get people worked up -- her whole candidacy was based on fear, so it's not surprising people are afraid.

And yet, on Wednesday, the stock market went up.

The TPP is dead. We may be abandoning regime change in Syria. Trump has said we shouldn't torture, that climate change is probably real, that he won't go after Hillary. He's disavowed the alt right.

Can we move on now, Hillary people?

I suspect not.
+3 # lfeuille 2016-11-22 19:07
Yes, we have to move on to fighting Trump now that Clinton is not a danger any more. His appointments show that he is dangerous. These people are extreme right wingers and some are truly crazy. It is too late to say we don't know what he will do. He is showing his hand.

Clinton was bad, but she is gone. He is still here and his foreign policy team is just as neocon as Clinton.
+11 # Spence 2016-11-22 11:25
In retrospect, Nixon didn't do any lasting damage to our country. Yes, the Reagan and GWB were worse, but so were the administrations of every administration since Nixon, including the Clinton administration that Reich worked under. While we had some good presidents, every president, during my lifetime, has done damage to foreign countries. We never seem to count others in our equation.
+7 # markovchhaney 2016-11-22 11:43
Nixon undermined trust in the POTUS, which is a mixed blessing. He revealed what only a few people realized previously: that presidents lied shamelessly, swore, were bigots, were vengeful against their perceived domestic enemies, etc.

He also took the dollar off the gold and silver standards permanently. Think that might be significant in any way?
+4 # dbrize 2016-11-22 16:56
Quoting markovchhaney:
Nixon undermined trust in the POTUS, which is a mixed blessing. He revealed what only a few people realized previously: that presidents lied shamelessly, swore, were bigots, were vengeful against their perceived domestic enemies, etc.

He also took the dollar off the gold and silver standards permanently. Think that might be significant in any way?

Re: paragraph one.

For this we should thank him for blowing the cover off.

Re: paragraph two.

You are on the wrong site if you think this bothers many, if any. :-)
+3 # lfeuille 2016-11-22 19:11
Re: paragraph one.

Unfortunately not everyone absorbed the message. Too many people still think Obama walks on water.
+17 # MD426 2016-11-22 11:20
I think he'll be more dangerous than all of them. Nixon, Reagan and Baby Bush will look like peace-loving, tree-hugging, compassionate, hippies in comparison
-5 # markovchhaney 2016-11-22 11:40
Love to make a bet with you on that, but of course it would be rather difficult to quantify the results.

In my experience, each new POTUS since Jimmy Carter has been viewed as the end of the world as we know it by the folks who didn't vote for him. So far, not quite true.
+4 # librarian1984 2016-11-22 17:01
Ancient Romans thought Nero was the antichrist and there have been countless others since. People love to get worked up.

I'm still waiting for the walking catfish.
+5 # A_Har 2016-11-22 20:10
Quoting MD426:
I think he'll be more dangerous than all of them. Nixon, Reagan and Baby Bush will look like peace-loving, tree-hugging, compassionate, hippies in comparison
So the 1.5 million people who died due to the Iraq war don't count?
+3 # MD426 2016-11-23 06:56
Of course they count! and so do my classmates who died in VietNam and the Vietnamese they killed. I think Trump has the potential to be worse than all of them.
+4 # Johnny 2016-11-22 11:55
Sessions will be horrible. But he can't be any worse than Gonzales or Ashcroft.
+4 # dbrize 2016-11-22 12:43
Reich, who is reputed to be a nice enough fellow at the personal level, continues his quixotic crusade to stay relevant by contributing more in a long stream of nonsense.

It is more than amusing that many who buy this silliness as gospel are the same who accuse others of being "stupid voters".

Fact: Nixon governed as a "liberal" president. Needn't take my word for it, Noam Chomsky himself has referred to RMN as the "last liberal president".

Fact: Nixon favored and worked for passage of the Clean Air Act and EPA/OSHA.

Fact: Nixon favored a minimum wage and began programs to help the poor. He was for a guaranteed minimum wage.

Fact: Nixon promoted affirmative action and gave us employment quotas with dates and deadlines to be reached.

Fact: He proposed a national healthcare program well beyond Obamacare and was stymied by Teddy Kennedy who later listed his opposition as one of his greatest regrets.

Fact: Nixon imposed more regulation on the economy than any president since FDR.

Some danger. Right.

Bob Reich is clever rather than stupid. He knows all of the above yet chooses to curry favor with the tribe rather than intellectual honesty.

Sad that RSN which claims to stand for something, plays along so obligingly.
-1 # jtatu 2016-11-22 12:59
Not to mention the fact that Nixon opened a dialogue with China. Thankfully, Reich is a has-been like the Clintons.
+1 # Jaax88 2016-11-22 15:13
I just wonder where China would be today if Nixon had not helped open up China to the world. Would there be a strong totalitarian communist regime still in place in China. A regime that has nuclear weapons and a military that are a threat to US security, a populous that has been talked into thinking it needs to be dominate in the world. A county that has been creating brush fires with its neighbors for some time now. A country that suppresses religions because they are a threat to Communist Party control and dominance. A country that has stolen a considerable amount of their acquired scientific, product and weapons knowledge from America and other countries.

I have lived in China and am happy for its people and society to be advancing for the better, but I dislike the Communist Party and its controlling and militaristic ways. So what Nixon did was a double edged sword and we do not know yet how that will turn out.

I think all of that needs to be evaluated to determine if Nixon was right on China.
+4 # lfeuille 2016-11-22 19:13
Where would we be without the opening to China? Would we still have factories employing people and keeping the economy working for the middle class?
+12 # jeffsyrop 2016-11-22 12:56
The most dangerous EVER! Listen to Noam!

"On November 8, the most powerful country in world history, which will set its stamp on what comes next, had an election. The outcome placed total control of the government--exe cutive, Congress, the Supreme Court--in the hands of the Republican Party, which has become the most dangerous organization in world history."

--Noam Chomsky, "Trump in the White House: An Interview With Noam Chomsky", by C.J. Polychroniou, Noam Chomsky / AlterNet 2016/11/20,
-15 # savagem13 2016-11-22 13:03
Chomsky has become as irrelevant as Reich. Go ahead, give me 23 thumbs-down again.
+2 # RadicalLeft 2016-11-22 16:11
So, Mr. Reich, what's your and our next step? Do we have a leader? Are we waiting for Obama to drop that ball and pick up this one? Are we waiting for the top dem donors to decide what agenda they want to finance?
+3 # Juanbaltimore 2016-11-22 16:16
Trump is orders of magnitude worse than Nixon. Muslim registry, rolling back Roe v Wade, immigration nightmares, white supremacists in the White House, and on and on. Reich is off the mark - once again.
+3 # No Go 2016-11-22 16:44
Reich says, "the Trump administration will be the most dangerous since Richard Nixon’s, or perhaps ever."

Sounds like he agrees with you.
+3 # Farafalla 2016-11-22 16:19
All kinds of new trolls for my list on this comment section. Their targets are people like Reich and Chomsky, people infinitely smarter than the detracting trolls. Their hatred of Hillary is industrial strength, and they have a soft spot for Trump and his alt-right cabinet. Since trolls don't pay for RSN, they should be billed for every word they post.
+6 # janie1893 2016-11-22 17:46
People who are old enough can actually remember the indescribable horror of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. As one of those oldies I tell you it will take only one push of a button to create a global inferno with many times the effect of the bombs dropped by the Enola Gay. A nuclear attack from any country on any country will be the end of the world as we know it. Please be very, very careful in wishing for a nuclear attack of any kind! It wont disappear when you turn off the TV. It wont disappear when you change the channel. You cant NIMBY it by moving. Once the button has been pushed, it is forever!Becomin g a survivalist wont work because you will have to come to the surface one day and living in a treeless, barren, non-populated desert with no edible food or potable water, no medical, educational, or social amenities is not a scenario modern North Americans can deal with.

We must never even think of an active hot war again or we are a doomed species!
+6 # Vardoz 2016-11-22 17:52
This regime has instilled the deepest sense of fear in our family that I can remember and I am 69. The civil rights movement was a violent time but we had some great leaders like king and made a lot of progress. Now Trump and his mob wants to take us back in time. We fear Trump even more than Bush who drove us into what I would consider a depression. Bush never characterized Americans of color and different nationalities with such hatred and bigotry. Bernie won and we ended up with Trump. What is wrong with this picture? Could voter suppression have a role in this win? I think so. Everything about Trump has been an attack and serious threat to our freedoms, rights, economic polices, health care and vital social safety nets & to our Democratic social contract. He has not mentioned raising the minimum wage once. In essence Trump is not about making American great again, he is a Neo Nazi and alt right wing racist & bigot whose only agenda is to enrich the 1% and further endanger our environment which is in emergency mode. Trump is not equipped to be the leader of a pluralistic society. Trump is putting together one of the most vicious gang of politicians ever and we will pay a terrible price.
-5 # librarian1984 2016-11-22 18:19
Dear Secretary Chicken Little,

Should we get your pacifier and blankie?

Signed, America
-2 # Jaax88 2016-11-22 23:10
You should have signed off as Trump Troll
+2 # librarian1984 2016-11-23 00:48
And you're a Hillary troll? And Trump is an ogre? And Hillary's a happy happy princess with a heart of gold?

Here's a suggestion: Grow. Up.

This is not a game. People's lives will be fundamentally worse because Donald Trump is president. Think about that. But no, I guess you'd rather play Poli D&D.

Undoubtedly MORE kids will go hungry. More citizens will be harassed or abused or killed. Social and economic justice will lessen. While you get huffy over poor poor Hillary.

Anybody in the world should have beat Trump. But somehow the GOP has the WH, the Senate, the House and 35 governorships .. and the same exact people who got us here are maneuvering to stay in power, even as we speak .. but you want to pinky swear and take loyalty tests?

Do you ken, jack? While you're having your little hissy fit over HERE, Schumer and Pelosi et alia are walking away with the power and the money over THERE.

But keep it up, by all means. You can always be useful as a cautionary tale. Try to throw in a few jokes once in a while though, eh? You're not very entertaining.

+3 # Activista 2016-11-22 22:49
Dan Rather:
Now is a time when none of us can afford to remain seated or silent. We must all stand up to be counted.
History will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.
When I see neo-Nazis raise their hands in terrifying solute, in public, in our nation's capital, I shudder in horror. When I see that action mildly rebuked by a boilerplate statement from the President-elect whom these bigots have praised, the anger in me grows. And when I see some in a pliant press turn that mild statement into what they call a denunciation I cannot hold back any longer.
Our Declaration of Independence bequeaths us our cherished foundational principle: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
+6 # Activista 2016-11-22 22:52
These truths may be self-evident but they are not self-replicatin g. Each generation has to renew these vows. This nation was founded as an opposite pole to the capriciousness of an authoritarian monarch. We set up institutions like a free press and an independent court system to protect our fragile rights. We have survived through bloody spasms of a Civil War and a Civil Rights Movement to extend more of these rights to more of our citizens. But the direction of our ship of state has not always been one of progress. We interned Japanese Americans, Red Baited during the McCarthy era, and more. I feel the rip tide of regression once again swelling under my feet. But I intend to remain standing.

In normal times of a transition in our presidency between an incoming and outgoing administration of differing political parties, there is a certain amount of fretting on one side and gloating on the other. And the press usually takes a stance that the new administration at least deserves to have a chance to get started - a honeymoon period. But these are not normal times. This is not about tax policy, health care, or education - even though all those and more are so important. This is about racism, bigotry, intimidation and the specter of corruption.
+5 # Activista 2016-11-22 22:53
But as I stand I do not despair, because I believe the vast majority of Americans stand with me. To all those in Congress of both political parties, to all those in the press, to religious and civic leaders around the country. your voices must be heard. I hope that the President-elect can learn to rise above this and see the dangers that are brewing. If he does and speaks forcibly, and with action, we should be ready to welcome his voice. But of course I am deeply worried that his selections of advisors and cabinet posts suggests otherwise.

To all of you I say, stay vigilant. The great Martin Luther King, Jr. knew that even as a minority, there was strength in numbers in fighting tyranny. Holding hands and marching forward, raising your voice above the din of complacency, can move mountains. And in this case, I believe there is a vast majority who wants to see this nation continue in tolerance and freedom. But it will require speaking. Engage in your civic government. Flood newsrooms or TV networks with your calls if you feel they are slipping into the normalization of extremism. Donate your time and money to causes that will fight to protect our liberties.

We are a great nation. We have survived deep challenges in our past. We can and will do so again. But we cannot be afraid to speak and act to ensure the future we want for our children and grandchildren.
-2 # Mahatma 2016-11-23 07:46
Robert Reich was an important operative in the Clinton administration which repealed the Glass Steagall act - one of the most devastating blows to the incomes and well being of ordinary people.

Now he tries to be just so sanctimonious.

Neoliberals like Reich should be driven from public life.

Best he goes to Hillery and helps to console her rather than trying to promote his phony Neoliberal lite BS.
+2 # giraffee23 2016-11-24 11:22
I believe the T administration will not only rip the freedoms we are entitled to including all that you folks wrote above. What I fear is that he will 'cleanse' the USA. Do you fit into the "group" who can survive? Probably all who got +++'s will not (and that includes me too.)

Remember - Hitler proffered a bunch of crap that the Germans bought after WWI and got elected. When will we ever learn?

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