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Max J. Castro

Culture in Republican crosshairs

Culture in Republican crosshairs

Through their words and their work, artists, actors, and writers have been speaking out ever more loudly against Donald Trump, from the start of his campaign to today. The fight between the Republicans and the creative community goes back a long way.

The punitive society

The punitive society

The image of the United States as a cruel and punitive society is not the one the overwhelming majority of Americans have of their country. But it is an accurate one. Americans delude themselves when they believe blindly in their own unique benevolence as a people and a country.

The coming letdown

The coming letdown

Donald Trump came to power propelled by the massive support of the white working class and the votes of a large slice of middle class whites including, astonishingly, college-educated white women. It is these voters who are in for a big surprise and a bigger disappointment.

Trump’s toxic administration

Trump’s toxic administration

Not content with creating a foul social and political climate of racial hate and ideological division in the United States, last week the Trump administration took steps that will cause grave environmental harm to the rest of the world for decades and centuries to come.

Obamacare survives; Trump whines; Republicans bleed

Obamacare survives; Trump whines; Republicans bleed

Last week President Donald Trump tried to bully recalcitrant members of his own party into approving a bill that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with almost nothing. It didn’t work. The biggest losers were Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

A sociopath in the White House

A sociopath in the White House

One thing that can be said about our current commander-in-chief is that he rarely listens. Not to anyone, or almost. Can such a person love his nation, his fellow citizens, the people of the nations of the world that are so strongly affected by the policies of this country?

Killing the dream—twice

Killing the dream—twice

The current crusade—by a lily-white Trump administration and a nearly as uniformly white Republican Congress—to eradicate the political legacy and besmirch the persona of the nation’s sole black president amounts to a second, more symbolic but not less real, assassination.

‘Trumpfoolery,’ or the art of the lie

‘Trumpfoolery,’ or the art of the lie

Donald Trump has uttered such a constant torrent of lies, distortions, and false promises that a weighty book already could be assembled describing them and debunking them. The lies could be classified by categories. Most would be self-serving and cruel.

ICE cold

ICE cold

One of the many lies spewed by Trump administration flacks is that there is no roundup of undocumented immigrants. For the truth, all you have to do is talk to the undocumented immigrants who have been detained and/or deported or are living in a state of terror at that prospect.

Trump-Netanyahu: Bully’s ball

Trump-Netanyahu: Bully’s ball

When Donald Trump met with Benjamin Netanyahu last week, it was a love fest. Any online dating site could have picked up the great affinity between the two men. They are hands down the two most obnoxious, arrogant leaders of any country that calls itself a democracy.

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