Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt blog brought to you by History News Network. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 Zend_Feed_Writer 2.1.3 (http://framework.zend.com) http://lyris.hnn.us/blog/author/19 editor@hnn.us (History News Network) History News Network Dangerous Words in the White House It is difficult to find a clearer expression of white supremacy than Trump’s words to a gathering of Senators in the Oval Office.]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154047 http://hnn.us/blog/154047 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 The Biggest Personality of the Year Trump is blowing up our relationships with all our most important foreign friends. He is not the biggest peacemaker, as we have long hoped our Presidents could be. He is not the biggest promoter of democracy, which we have long claimed is our national interest. He is not the best advertisement for America, not the face we wish to show the world. His work is a world-wide disaster.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154045 http://hnn.us/blog/154045 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Arcing Toward Equality in 2017 American liberals have been thrown into despair in 2017 by the new nastiness of American politics. But behind the headlines, our country has been evolving in directions that liberals could find encouraging.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154041 http://hnn.us/blog/154041 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Keeping the Blacks Far Away Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154036 http://hnn.us/blog/154036 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Santa’s On His Way The Republicans say that the best way to help the rest of us is to give billions now to the wealthy and to corporations. They will be so happy that they’ll raise everybody’s wages and create new jobs.]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154030 http://hnn.us/blog/154030 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Political Humor, Then and Now Tom Lehrer poked fun at serious subjects, such as racism, fascism, pollution and nuclear war. Listening to him skewer racist hypocrites, imagine World War III, and exaggerate the effects of poisons in our air and water certainly contributed to the development of my political views.]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154028 http://hnn.us/blog/154028 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 This Tax Cut Is Not For You The Republican tax cut is not about economic policy and is certainly not for the middle class. It is political legislation about economic issues: cut corporate taxes to satisfy Republican donors and try again to kill Obamacare.]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154024 http://hnn.us/blog/154024 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Election 2017: Repudiation of Republicans The Washington Post wondered whether “the Trump era will one day be remembered as the last gasp of white male privilege.” That will only happen if Trump continues his descent into national disapproval and the energy of liberal voters can be sustained through more election cycles.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/154006 http://hnn.us/blog/154006 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
The Health of the Senate Republican politicians are worried about money they could raise for the 2018 elections, not about depriving millions of their health care. Their donors want to slash Medicaid, so that’s what they’ll vote for. Republican senators apparently don’t even know in detail what their bill contains.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153985 http://hnn.us/blog/153985 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Payng for Big Storms Only an ideologically immovable force like the current Republican Party could ignore the mounting crises caused by our changing weather systems. In their refusal to acknowledge the basic facts of climate change, Republicans in Congress and the White House put Americans at risk of losing everything.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153980 http://hnn.us/blog/153980 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
The Character Test Is Dead The character test may have been turned on its head. Trump appeals to a surprisingly large segment of Americans who like nastiness, who applaud insults, who cheer bloodshed, and who hate liberals and liberal ideas. When he grabs women and laughs about it, when he tells lies about good people, when he calls journalists “sick”, when he mocks the handicapped, and when he winks at white supremacists, his supporters are happy.]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153978 http://hnn.us/blog/153978 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 I Am An Antifa It was dangerous when my father and father-in-law and their whole generation went off to fight fascism on opposite sides of the globe. It was dangerous when young Americans volunteered to fight Jim Crow in the South in the 1960s. The defenders of American fascism and their fellow travelers want to make that dangerous now.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153976 http://hnn.us/blog/153976 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Conversations About Health Care The creators of our nation believed that “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” were the most important universal rights to be protected by government. It’s not clear what led Thomas Jefferson to elevate the pursuit of happiness to an inalienable right. If that phrase means anything, it must include government participation in our efforts to stay healthy. How can anyone be happy who can’t pay for health care they need?

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153969 http://hnn.us/blog/153969 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
The Republican Way of Governing When Senator Joe McCarthy tried to use hysterical fears of communism to attack all liberals, he was following a playbook used by both Democrats and Republicans. When Richard Nixon tried to corrupt our governmental structures to elect and then protect himself, I didn’t think his dishonesty was especially Republican. But the current “anything we can get away with” method of governing appears to have become standard Republican practice.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153964 http://hnn.us/blog/153964 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Why Americans Voted For Trump Too many Trump supporters take their beliefs in what is right as license to be hateful toward people who are not like them. Combine that with nostalgia for a time when blacks had to defer to whites, men could grope women, and gays stayed in the closet, and you have a Republican Party which cuts health insurance for millions of Americans, which keeps foreign students from returning to their American universities, which cuts federal programs for Americans in need.]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153957 http://hnn.us/blog/153957 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Gay Equality is Coming Quickly Bigots will keep using religion as a cover for prejudice, as in the so-called religious freedom laws. But the shift toward acceptance of homosexuality will continue, as older opponents are replaced by younger advocates. Because our gay relatives and friends do not fit the prejudicial stereotypes, discriminatory impulses will lose their persuasive power.]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153956 http://hnn.us/blog/153956 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 The Amazing Mind of Donald Trump Trump doesn’t mostly make up the untruths he tells the world. He takes them from these professional spreaders of political lies. Trump takes his “news” from supermarket tabloids and their internet equivalents. He said, “You can’t knock the National Enquirer. It’s brought many things to light, not all of them pleasant.”

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153943 http://hnn.us/blog/153943 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Antarctica is Melting Three-quarters of the world’s largest cities are located on sea coasts. Between 100 million and 200 million people live in places that likely will be underwater or subject to frequent flooding by the year 2100. Some estimates put that number at 650 million, nearly 10% of the world’s population. Mathew Hauer of the University of Georgia estimated that 13 million Americans might be displaced by 2100, mostly in southeastern states.

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Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153933 http://hnn.us/blog/153933 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0
Whose Internet Is It? One of the exciting new developments in computer connectedness is the “internet of things”, the networking among objects we own, like cars, refrigerators, thermostats, and light switches, so they can communicate with us and with each other. In cute ads on TV, a baby turns lights on and off at home by touching a smart phone. In real life, the most basic of your daily actions at home can be monitored and recorded by companies you don’t know about or be hacked by criminals.]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153931 http://hnn.us/blog/153931 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0 Better Living Through Chemistry A majority of conservative Republicans believes that climate scientists are influenced by desire to advance their careers and political ideology, not by scientific evidence or public interest. To put it simply, conservatives don’t believe in science or scientists, if it’s inconvenient.]]> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:49:59 +0000 http://hnn.us/blog/153925 http://hnn.us/blog/153925 Steve Hochstadt Steve Hochstadt 0