Thom Hartmann

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Trump and his cronies have shown present and future politicians how much corruption the Republican Party and the public will tolerate, and it’s a very bad sign for the future of the American experiment. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
To Save the Republic, Some of Trump’s Allies and Appointees Will Have to Face Federal Prosecution
To save our republic, some of Trump’s enablers and political appointees may have to go to jail, just like happened with Nixon’s people. Trump’s policies are inflicting massive damage on the working class, the environment, minorities, and our economy. And the damage he’s doing to our body politic...
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Right-Wing American Love Affair With One of the Most Disturbing Serial Killers
There’s a direct link between a sociopathic killer in 1927 and the GOP’s willingness to embrace a sociopathic president like Trump. That link runs through the work of Ayn Rand. When Donald Trump was running for the GOP nomination, he told USA Today ’s Kirsten Powers that Ayn Rand’s raped-girl-...
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U.S. President Donald Trump, beneath a portrait of populist President Andrew Jackson, speaks before the swearing-in of Rex Tillerson as 69th secretary of state in the Oval Office of the White House on February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Tillerson was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the day in a 56-43 vote. (Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 05, 2019
The Latest Massacre Shows the Second Amendment Model of ‘Slave Patrols’ Is Still in Effect
While, in the wake of the El Paso murders, the media and most of our politicians are acting shocked—“shocked, I tell you!”—that there are armed racists in America who are trying to terrify people of color, the reality is that it’s pretty much always been that way here in the United States. And...
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how could Trump get reelected, and how could democracy get wiped out in the USA? (Photo: AP) Views
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
How a Trojan Horse Project to Rewrite Our Constitution Could Actually Happen if Trump Wins in 2020
It’s often said that if Trump is reelected, it’ll be the end of democracy in America. But how could Trump get reelected, and how could democracy get wiped out in the USA? Turns out, there’s an actual project to rewrite our Constitution, turning America into a corporate-run oligarchy. They’d end the...
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Trump and the GOP will still need a little help from their overseas friends, just as Trump Jr. reached out to or tried to take help from the Russians, Saudis and Emiratis in 2016. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Trump and GOP Are Blatantly Encouraging Foreign Dictators to Hack the 2020 Election
It looks like Donald Trump and the leadership of the GOP are encouraging other countries to hack our upcoming 2020 election. Donald Trump is sucking up to dictators, strongman oligarchs, and autocrats around the world , while Mitch McConnell is using political brute force to prevent individual...
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan looks on as President Donald Trump speaks about tax reform legislation in the Cabinet Room at the White House, November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, Republican lawmakers unveiled their plans for a massive rewrite of the U.S. tax code. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Can Donald Trump Hold Off an Economic Crash Until the Election?
If he times it right, Donald Trump might set back the Democratic Party for a generation or more; if he misses, he’ll go down in history along with Herbert Hoover as the guy who brought the nation an economic disaster. Back in 2007 and early 2008, many of us were convinced that an economic crash was...
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Slavery can exist only in the context of a police state, and the enforcement of that police state was the explicit job of the militias.(Photo: Rodney Dunning/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
How Fears of Abolition Shaped the Second Amendment
“Give me liberty or give me death.” —Patrick Henry Article 1, Section 8, of the proposed Constitution had southern slave owners concerned about the future of their economy. Slavery can exist only in the context of a police state, and the enforcement of that police state was the explicit job of the...
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Tuesday, June 04, 2019
How Guns Literally Go to Men's Heads
People are asking why the shooter in Virginia Beach used a gun to settle his workplace score. The answer is probably pretty simple. When a man has a gun, he literally holds the power of life and death in his hand. That kind of power is extraordinarily seductive. With a gun in his hand, a man can...
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 U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden sit during a meeting with Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and Trade Representative Michael Froman in the Oval Office of the White House December 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, Obama was meeting about trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). ( Views
Thursday, May 30, 2019
If Democrats Want to Beat Trump, They Better Not Nominate a ‘Free Trade’ Candidate
“[Americans’] patriotism would certainly prefer its [tariffs’] continuance and application to the great purposes of the public education, roads, rivers, canals, and such other objects of public improvement as it may be thought proper to add to the constitutional enumeration of federal powers.” —...
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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
This Is How Republics Die
The American republic could die, just like Rome. Wavering for some time on the verge of becoming a complete oligarchy, America is on the verge of flipping from a democratic republic to a strongman or autocratic form of government, something that’s happened to dozens of democracies in the past few...
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