Progressive values that have always defined human progress are about hope, not fear. We must nurture them, fight for them, and celebrate them now during the holidays, and in all the battles we face in the coming year.
Nuclear weapons present one of the gravest threats to the human future that has ever existed. Treaties like New START represent an agonizingly slow human crawl-back from the ledge of our own destruction.
The G.O.P. has pledged to make Obama a one-term President and it seems ready to do anything, no matter how damaging to the nation, to accomplish that end. Where will this kind of unabashedly cynical behavior take us in the course of the next two years?
October 1 marks 18 years since the U.S. Senate approved Reagan's Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. It also marks the 300th day since that treaty expired, cutting off U.S. weapons inspectors' access to Russian nuclear sites.