Amy Coney Barrett: The religious right’s favorite US Supreme Court candidate is a cultic extremist

Of all the damage Donald Trump has done and will do to the fabric of American government and democracy, nothing will be more lasting than his imposition of dogmatically narrow-minded, ideologically rigid Federalist Society-style conservatism on the Supreme Court. Our grandchildren will live with the consequences of the goniff-in-chief’s moral and intellectual vandalism of the judicial branch. If the Republicans retain their Senate majority in November and fate and the actuarial tables hand Trump a third—or even fourth—court appointment, it could be more than a century before the oppressive burden of a culturally reactionary, plutocratically subservient court can be lifted from ...

Here’s Why Trump’s Supporters Always Seem to Give Him a Political Pass

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Here’s a fact to which there is no alternative: The President of the United States, commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful military, is either a pathological liar or a serial fabulist unable to distinguish fantasy from reality—or, perhaps, a chillingly sociopathic combination of both. In the aftermath of his amateurish and incompetent attempt to ram through an abominable Republican health care bill whose substance he never bothered to understand even though it would have deprived 26 million working and middle-class Americans of their insurance while giving the rich a massive tax cut, Trump lied about who was responsible: Not him, nor ...

Trump’s Neo-Nationalism and Nativism are the Source of the Anti-Semitic Wave

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Nationalism was 19th Century Europe’s dominant ideology when Oscar Wilde famously sneered that “patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.” The post-war progress of liberal democracy made possible a benevolent national loyalty, but if Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and their West Wing henchman with their twisted version of “love” for country have their way, patriotism will once again become a disreputable affection. There already is a clear line linking the economic and ethno-nationalist fantasies now infesting the White House with disgraceful events like the desecration of Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia, the firing of a shot into an Indiana ...