PHILADELPHIA — You’ll have to forgive me, but I’ve spent the last two weeks listening to too many speeches at the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
Dictators — and their imitators, petty dictators — never yield power in an orderly fashion. They have to be forcibly removed.
We can’t really know what Donald Trump is thinking, but we do know what he’s saying.
MONTGOMERY, Alabama — No matter where I go these days, people ask me the same question: Is it really possible that Republican Donald Trump could become president? My answer has been the same since Trump launched his campaign last June: Yes, it’s possible.
You can’t force a fish to walk, just like you can’t force Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to accept the recall referendum now underway to remove him from office.
I hardly recognize America these days. The same country that was built by immigrants is on the verge of handing the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump, who wants to deport 11 million immigrants within two years. This doesn’t seem like the same nation that welcomed me over 30 years ago, and so many other immigrants since then.
This is Sophie’s nightmare: One day, immigration agents will show up at her home in Los Angeles to deport her mother and father.
When a response to an attack isn’t delivered in a timely manner, it loses impact. The perfect example: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s delayed response to Donald Trump’s criticism of Mexican immigrants.
Now that the U.S. has opened relations with Cuba and President Obama is slated to visit later this month, many people expect that big changes will finally come to the island. Don’t hold your breath. Cuba is still run by a brutal dictatorship, and it’s still deeply entrenched in its ways.
MIAMI — We’ve been invaded. The presidential election-year circus — candidates, campaign staffers, backers, reporters and pundits — has once again rolled into town.