How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or directional? Are we condemned to do the same damn thing over and over, generation after generation — or is there hope for some enduring progress in the world order?
“With the opportunities that exist in America ...,” Mike Huckabee wrote, “ ‘Luck and fortune’ have little to do with success any more.” Why is the idea that luck and hard work operate in tandem so difficult for some to grasp?
Americans who feel like the game is rigged are attracted to an authoritarian bully. Many support him precisely because of the qualities he’s being criticized for having. As one Midwesterner put it: “He may be a jerk, but he’s our jerk.”
The president issued new guidelines on overtime pay, which will benefit an estimated 12.5 million workers. Meanwhile, Donald Trump said he would seek repeal of Dodd-Frank, the financial reform act that helps limit inequality.
The antagonism between the Clinton and Sanders camps could be an opportunity for Trump. If the Republican can peel off enough Sanders supporters, he might be able to put some reliably blue states in play.
One by one, Republican senators have made their peace with a Trump nomination. But it is not enough for GOP partisans to assert Trump’s superiority to Hillary Clinton on this issue or that. They must justify that Trump has the experience, knowledge, temperament, judgment and character to be president.