Daily Kos: It’s been a week, and Trump is well on his way to becoming most crooked president in history
He might, of course. Nobody sincerely believes Donald Trump to be so principled a man that he would be above checking which diplomats were or were not lining his pockets before deciding whether to meet with them—or what favors America might do for them. On the contrary, the interviewed diplomats seem to be quite clear on what advantages staying at Trump’s self-named hotel might bring them. When you meet with the next president you can either mention to him that you are staying in one of his own hotels, or you can not. Guess which one he will find most pleasing.
The Huffington Post: An Open Letter To My White Family, Friends, Neighbors And Colleagues
While many of us were shocked at the election results, others were not. People of color in particular were clear that this election has simply exposed to the masses what they have been experiencing for generations, while giving license to bigots to more publicly express racist hatred and violence.
I write this letter to summarize some of the things I learned about the meaning of the elections to people who care about social justice, and specifically, the role of white people who care about racial justice. I highlight individuals and organizations to acknowledge their good work and that these ideas are not uniquely mine.
Americans talk about democracy like it’s sacred. In public discourse, the more democratic American government is, the better. The people are supposed to rule.
But that’s not the premise that underlies America’s political system. Most of the men who founded the United States feared unfettered majority rule. James Madison wrote in Federalist 10 that systems of government based upon “pure democracy … have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property.” John Adams wrote in 1814 that, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself.”