Because we cannot put it behind us. Trump's Big Lie and all that it has provoked are still with us. If we forget what has occurred the trauma will return, perhaps in even more terrifying form.
By almost any measure, Joe Biden's first 100 days have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated against COVID-19 and beginning to revive the economy are central to that success.
It's understandable that the super wealthy might wish to escape the gravitational pull of the rest of us. But there's really no escape. If they're serious about survival of the species, they need to act more responsibly toward working humans here on terra firma.
America is about to revive an idea that was left for dead decades ago. It's called industrial policy, and it's at the heart of Joe Biden's plans to restructure the U.S. economy.
Corporations can and should bankroll much of what America needs. But they won't as long as corporations keep bankrolling American politicians.
Biden is excited about rebuilding America's "infrastructure," a word he uses constantly although it could be the dullest term in all of public policy.
Republicans are outraged—outraged!—at the surge of migrants at the southern border. Republicans are outraged—outraged!—at the surge of migrants at the southern border. But in fact, despite the surging hysteria from Republican ranks, there is no surge of migrants at the border.
Next Monday, Amazon faces a union vote at its warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. If successful, it would be Amazon's first U.S.-based union in its nearly 27-year history.
What's good for Biden and the Democrats in the short run is potentially disastrous for America over the longer term. One of its two major parties is centered on a Big Lie that threatens to blow up the nation, figuratively if not literally.
Climate change, COVID, and jobs are together splitting Americans by class more profoundly than Americans are split by politics. The white working class is taking as much of a beating as most Black and Latino people.
It's no small irony that a half century after Reagan persuaded Americans that big government was the problem, Trump's demise is finally liberating America from Reaganism—and letting the richest nation on earth give its people the social support they desperately need.
The crux of the problem is Americans now occupy two separate worlds—a fact-based pro-democracy world and a Trump-based authoritarian one.
The paltry $600 billion proposal from the ten Senate Republicans should be rejected out of hand.
Those who say we should "look forward" to a new administration and forget or dismiss what occurred last week are delusional.
The returns from major public investments are huge. The costs of not making them are astronomical.
As it was in the time of FDR and LBJ, power is redistributed only when those without it demand it.
President-elect Joe Biden and Democrats must respond not with kumbaya but by becoming the party of the rest of America.
The GOP evidently prefers continuous warfare because that's the only way it thinks it can win.
What's at stake is not partisan politics. It is representative government.
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick would have the government intervene in the most intimate aspects of personal life. But a mask mandate? Never.