“Chuck Schumer’s views on foreign policy are largely indistinguishable from the Republican Party in general and Trump specifically. A look at his history demonstrates just why it’s been so difficult for Democrats to “resist” Trump with him at the helm.”
Schumer will never offer voters an alternative to Trump on the most important questions of national security, because Schumer truly, deeply, and sincerely agrees with him.
Go back 200, 300, or 400 years and you find that most people did not work very long hours at all. In addition to relaxing during long holidays, the medieval peasant took his sweet time eating meals, and the day often included time for an afternoon snooze.
“The tempo of life was slow, even leisurely; the pace of work relaxed,” notes Shor. “Our ancestors may not have been rich, but they had an abundance of leisure.”
Medieval peasants lived grueling, terrible lives. But their vacation days beat out the policies now common even in progressive societies.
“Piecemeal, market-based climate policies might win over the support of economics department and a handful of centrist Republicans, but they won’t either get the job done or inspire the support of any critical mass of the population. The scale of changes science demands requires doing something the neoliberals recognized as crucial early: taking state power, then using it to radically rethink the relationship between the state and the economy — in this case, toward building a more equal, low-carbon world.”
As climate scientists call for a dramatic transformation of the world’s economy, a new set of deniers is starting to coalesce around something easier.
Like the case with Andrew Johnson, Trump’s actions give the House cause to initiate impeachment proceedings once again. Between Trump’s refusal to implement sanctions against Russia; his reckless, bigoted, and inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims, immigrants, and other communities of color; and the cover he gives to the white supremacists, he already exceeds the standard set with Johnson. Yet Trumps’ record goes even farther into unacceptable territory.
Are we supposed to swallow the notion that we can’t impeach a demagogue because it might offend his core supporters’ sensibilities? In Johnson’s era, observers worried impeachment could plunge a nation just a few years removed from civil war back into armed conflict. Instead, the move ended up boxing in an “unacceptable president.”
Polling consistently demonstrates that the public disapproves of Trump’s presidency and doubts his fitness for office. More and more people are signaling support for impeachment. On the anniversary of Johnson’s impeachment, it is time to take stock of where we are with Trump and for our Democratic and Republican leaders in office to put our country, and everyone in it, first. www.needtoimpeach.com