JULIA CONLEY – “November’s election results show that universal, higher-quality, lower-cost health care through Medicare for All is all moral upsideâ€”without political downside.”
OMNESHA ROYCHOUDHURI – The next time someone tries to tell you itâ€™s hopeless or that we need to â€œreach across the aisle,â€ because weâ€™ve never been more divided, tell them theyâ€™re right. Weâ€™ve never been more divided: Over decades, the Democratic and Republican platforms have become increasingly out of touch. The real divide in America is between what the majority of us want and need, and what a tiny minority â€” a handful of extremists in power â€” have been offering.
KATHLEEN DEAN MOORE and SUEELLEN CAMPBELL – Friends and experts may tell us we’re doomed, but there are too many reasons to keep pushing for climate action
DAVID SWANSON – Congress can take innumerable steps. some easy, some difficult, to advance peace.
NORMAN SOLOMON – Turning the Democratic Party into a truly progressive force will require turning â€œprimaryâ€ into a verb. The corporate Democrats who dominate the partyâ€™s power structure in Congress should fear losing their seats because theyâ€™re out of step with constituents. And Democratic voters should understand that if they want to change the party, the only path to do so is to change the people who represent them. Otherwise, the leverage of Wall Street and the military-industrial complex will continue to hold sway.
MARYKNOLL OFFICE FOR GLOBAL CONCERNS – January 18, 2019â€”On the occasion of Martin Luther King Day on January 21, eleven national and international Catholic justice and peace organizations delivered a joint statement to Congress today, entitled â€œFacing the Crisis: A Catholic Offer of Wisdom and Courage to Congressâ€ which calls on Members to courageously take the first steps to end the political polarization that the group says is eroding democracy in the United States.
HARVEY WASSERMAN – The Democratic Party has nowhere to go but left. The faux mantra from bloviating experts, petulant pundits, and high-priced consultants has been droning on since the coming of Ronald Reagan: the Democrats must forever tack right to attract â€œswingâ€ conservatives in the â€œmainstream middleâ€ between the two parties. But in the Age of Trump, such voters are all but extinct. The middle ground has cratered. The swing constituency (if it ever existed) has disappeared into the abyss. What matters now is excitement, commitment, clarity, and REAL CHANGE … none of which can come with a corporate/compromised agenda.
ROBERT KOEHLER – The Green New Deal needs to go further than it does. Since itâ€™s already being pilloried as the most radical piece of legislation in modern history, it might as well open itself up to become just that: the cornerstone of a truly sustainable national and global future. The Deal should take on militarism and war as well as climate change and poverty; they are all linked.
THOM HARTMANN – Ever since the media began, in a big way in the 1980s, to ignore actual news and go for highly dumbed-down or even salacious stories, many of us who work in the media have been astonished by this behavior by the network and cable news organizations and the major newspapers. They used to report the details of policy proposals in great detail (see this report from the 1970s about Richard Nixonâ€™s proposal for universal health care, comparing his with Ted Kennedyâ€™s, for example). But since the Reagan era, the networks have largely kept their coverage exclusively to personality, scandal, and horse race.
WILLIAM M. ARKIN – January 4 is my last day at NBC News and Iâ€™d like to say goodbye to my friends, hopefully not for good. This isnâ€™t the first time Iâ€™ve left NBC, but this time the parting is more bittersweet, the world and the state of journalism in tandem crisis. My expertise, though seeming to be all the more central to the challenges and dangers we face, also seems to be less valued at the moment. And I find myself completely out of synch with the network, being neither a day-to-day reporter nor interested in the Trump circus.
J. P. LINSTROTH – It is official. On the first of the year, Jair Bolsonaro, was inaugurated as the 38thPresident of Brazil. One of his first official acts as a newly inaugurated president was doing away with demarcation of indigenous territories in Brazil. All of us living on this planet should be fearful of this act.
EMILY MOON – Beatrice Fihn has spent 12 years working on a campaign to prohibit nuclear weapons, and, as she says, compiling rational arguments and scientific evidence, yet less informed strangers will still pick a fight. But, she adds, “I prefer to argue with politicians than people on the street.” Indeed, she has advanced her arguments and will never give up the fight.
LAWRENCE WITTNER -Maintaining the U.S. status as â€œNo. 1â€ in war and war preparations comes at a very high price. That price is not only paid in dollarsâ€”plus massive death and suffering in warfareâ€•but in the impoverishment of other key sectors of American life. After all, this lavish outlay on the military now constitutes about two-thirds of the U.S. governmentâ€™s discretionary spending. And these other sectors of American life are in big trouble.
HARVEY WASSERMAN – The environmental policy centerpiece of the incoming Democratic House of Representatives has ignited tremendous grassroots enthusiasm, but it faces many challenges, including from nuclear advocates who could undermine it?