Friends, First, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving. It’s an opportunity for us to give thanks as well as to celebrate Indigenous peoples. And to extol our common good — the ideals that bind us together, rather than the xenophobia, racism, and misogyny that pull us apart.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, Professor! And I do give thanks for your observations and eloquence. You do us all a great service, with humility and good humor and common sense.
I Compare Trump’s Behavior to the Fires in Canada
If you don’t Eradicate it in its infancy it will become uncontrollable! Trump and his lawyers have the Justice Department tied up in knots! The judges are having to deal with this man-child and his indecent assault on them, their law clerks, witnesses, etc….
I am completely disgusted and embarrassed for our country that this blowhole has been able to skirt the law and continue his assault on the people! He has created a hostile society within our country the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Civil War!
The GOP, (Gullible, Obnoxious, party), are not hiding their plans for the country should they regain the Presidency!
Everyone knows “History Repeats Itself”. Our historians like Heather Cox Richardson, Jon Meacham, Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and an American television news host and political commentator, Rachel Maddow, in her book, “Prequel”, are telling us that these tactics have been used in the United States history many times before.
The Department of Justice has got to stop this nonsensical behavior by this American conman ASAP! The longer he is allowed to engage in this destructive rhetoric the harder it will be!
“What we continue to allow, we Empower”!!
On a positive note: wishing everyone in America a happy and healthy Thanksgiving
Yes, I am willing and ready to commit myself to — “ democracy, inclusion, tolerance, decency, and social justice “ [RR] — knowing in my heart of hearts that action is the antidote to despair.
As I opened your letter, I saw the painting of everyone sitting around a long… And longer! table together. I teared up. We are a community brought together by your wisdom and wit. Thank you for your daily letters, thoughts, questions, and history. I send deep gratitude to this supportive community.
Thank you Professor Reich and Happy Thanksgiving to you. The biggest threat to our democracy that I see are those misguided folks who don’t agree with Biden on some issues and wish to punish him. I would urge everyone to take a deep breath, step back and look at the big picture. The only issue that is critical to us Americans for this election is our democracy, because with it, any future progress with citizen’s input is possible. Without it, we would have no input or voice in our government to influence any issue. And it doesn’t take a genius to know that the concerning issues mentioned above will never be addressed by the autocrat to generate the outcome desired.
Compassion will win the day next year. Cynicism will give way to the blue wave we’ve already seen on the rise. There are not enough lunatics at the polls to stop us.
Absolutely!! Be thankful we still have time to assert our aspirations. Reaffirm our principles set forth more than 200 years ago.
Happy Thanksgiving, Dr. Reich & all of you readers & commenters of his column!
It's true, any issue you may hold dear - climate & the environment, civil rights, economic/social/racial/environmental justice, healthcare, child care, democracy, reproductive rights, marriage equality, election integrity, marijuana decriminalization, a living wage, progressive taxation, unions, etc. is in jeopardy if Trump or another radical Republican comes to power.
My comment to an article by Kerry J. Byrne, Fox News lifestyle reporter, on Yahoo News was censored. The article claims the German Nazis were left-wing socialist antisemites. It's true the party had the word "socialist" in the name because socialism was popular in Germany at the time, and the word got votes. But they were fascists which is quite different. Absolutely, they hated the Jewish people and were evil murderers, but they weren't socialists. I believe Byrne is trying to "blur" the facts and portray Democrats as socialists who hate Jews. He goes on at length, distorting history and current events on campus and in Congress. I fear that young people who haven't been taught history will believe his propaganda. If we can't disagree in the comments, how do we fight for democracy except to vote? And even then, the majority doesn't get their way. How can we not be cynical?
So much to say... thank you for saying it. If the final argument for Trump by Dems is, in the end, that Joe Biden is too old, there is a solution for that. It is our system that gives us a VP should untoward events take Biden out of the Presidency. Shake ourselves lose about our choices. Harris is level headed should she need to move into the chief commander seat. Trump will never be that!!! Let’s not fail into helplessness and cynicism! Act where you are and with what you have.
We’ll use the day accordingly…cheers everyone!
Very well said. And of course the threats are worldwide. If the US succumbs then this will increase the probability the rest of the world will follow in its own nationalistic fashions.
Happy Thanksgiving to all and let us go forward with open eyes.
We substackers love you and Heather so dearly and we're very thankful for this incredible opportunity to communicate and have fun while doing so.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Robert!
happy thanksgiving to you and yours, Professor Reich.
living overseas as i do and have done for quite a few years now, i've not celebrated any american holidays (and nor do i celebrate religious holidays) so basically, i am and have been holiday-free for quite some time.
this year, i am working on addressing this issue by adopting a number of holidays that i wish to observe for my own reasons. my big holiday experiment this week is trying to prepare vegan mushroom & red wine bourguignon pithivier, encased in puff pastry. i've never made puff pastry before, so i am quite intimidated by this task i've set myself.
anywho. even if i fail, i know it will taste marvelous.
Happy Thanksgiving, Professor Reich 🍁🌞🍁
What happened to yesterday’s edition of your page?
Should Advertisers shun Musk’s X?
This is a no-brainer. A most definitive YES. Not only that, everyone with morals should have jumped ship from that vile guys platform long ago. Elon Musk is equally as repulsive as he who incited the Insurrection, Putin, and sadly, too many others who are evil. Facebook, Tik Tok, Instagram — all of it is garbage. It wastes too much of people’s time and spreads so much disinformation that I have almost never been a part of it. (I had a FB account for about a year a few decades ago but deactivated it and never looked back…) Call me old fashioned but if I want to get in touch with old friends and share pics of myself and my life I call them, write them a letter, or shoot them an email. They don’t need to see my breakfast, my sunset, or anything else. I’ll be reading a book instead. Happy Thanksgiving Professor. I am grateful for YOU and this platform. All the best from your friend in MD, Anne 🌻💙🙏
Why don’t you talk about what a boon it is to Putin that no one is talking about the war against Ukraine since October 7th?
Your friend in MD, Anne