Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett

Bob Burnett is a Berkeley Quaker, activist, and writer.  In other life he was a Silicon Valley executive — co-founder of Cisco Systems.

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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:00am
One Month of Trump
29 days into the Trump regime it's worse than expected. Here's what we've learned. 1. Trump's not an executive. On November 8th, undecided voters opted for Trump because they were impressed by his business credentials; many commented, "He knows how to get things done." Trump's (probably) a...
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Friday, January 27, 2017 - 1:00pm
One Week of President Donald Trump
To get an idea of what to expect from Donald Trump for the next four years, we only have to examine his first week in office. January 20 (Friday): Trump was sworn in and delivered a dark inaugural address ; a shorter versions of his "Make America Great Again" stump speech that featured two themes...
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Friday, January 20, 2017 - 2:30pm
It’s Midnight in America
Thirty-three years ago, Ronald Reagan was elected President in large part because of his TV ad, It's morning in America : "It's morning again in America, and under the leadership of President Reagan, our country is prouder and stronger and better." For many Americans, however, the inauguration of...
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Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 2:15pm
5 Resistance Resolutions
As we enter a perilous new year, here are five resistance resolutions: 1. Practice resistance each day. Political resistance is an American tradition; "eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." Take a stand for democracy. Slow down and focus. Resist. If you've experienced a life-threatening...
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 2:30pm
Despite Growing Attacks, Bernie Can Do It
As Bernie Sanders’ chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination have increased, so have the attacks. Hillary Clinton advocates argue he has no chance of delivering the fundamental change he touts. Nonetheless, Bernie can do it. Sanders has been remarkably consistent about what his...
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Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 3:00pm
Maybe Bernie Can Win
I’m beginning to believe Bernie Sanders can win the Democratic nomination and then the presidency. Sunday night, January 17th, I watched the Democratic presidential debates with my wife, a Hillary Clinton supporter, and stepson, an Edward Snowden fan. After two hours – of a real debate – they...
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Friday, July 17, 2015 - 4:00pm
Five Keys to the Iran Agreement
On July 14th, the United States, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia reached an agreement with Iran to “significantly limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions.” Beyond the mechanics, there are five keys to...
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Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 11:45am
Is the 'Culture War' Over?
Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks lamented that conservative Christians are losing the culture war. Brooks suggested that conservative Christians shift focus and “nurture stable families.” But Brooks is wrong; the culture war isn’t over. Conservatives are stuck in a war they can’t win...
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Friday, April 6, 2012 - 12:09pm
Inside Mitt Romney
It’s clear that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will survive the GOP version of “The Hunger Games” and become their 2012 presidential nominee. The richest and most radical presidential candidate in modern times, Romney offers a retrograde vision for America and a surprising set of weaknesses.
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Friday, March 23, 2012 - 10:57am
Reversing the Sixties: The 2012 Republican Agenda
One of the most surprising aspects of contemporary Republican politics has been their across-the-board attack on women’s health services and women’s rights. Rather than an isolated misogynistic program, these attacks should be viewed as one part of a conservative agenda to role back gains made in the sixties.
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