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Catechizing Billy Graham

Catechizing Billy Graham

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The “Vergangenheit” episode of season 2 of Netflix’ critically acclaimed series The Crown dwelt at length on the treachery of the ex-King Edward VIII’s and his wife Wallis Simpson’s collaboration with Hitler to restore Edward to the Throne following the supposedly imminent and, at the time, the all-too-possible fall of England and the establishment of a Nazi regime in the United Kingdom. (Incidentally and not unexpectedly, the Prime Minister of a fascist UK would allegedly have been Oswald Mosley, head of the British Union of Fascists.) The true extent of the treason came to light with the publication, in the United States, of what Americans called the “Marburg files,” after the castle in the German state of Hesse, where the documents were discovered – which the English more appropriat
The Road To Hotel California — Part 2

The Road To Hotel California — Part 2

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So I called up the captain; please bring me my wine We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty-nine It is important to establish some constant reference points, because from this paragraph to the end, I will be speculating about possible outcomes of a refusal of Trump to obey a Supreme Court order to comply with a subpoena from the Office of the Special Prosecutor. The following is decidedly not speculation: The Constitution is the “supreme law of the land” (“Supremacy Clause,” Article VI, clause 2) The President is bound by oath to " … faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States,” and … “ to the best of [his] Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" (Article II, section 1) In particular, what the
The Road To Hotel California — Part 1

The Road To Hotel California — Part 1

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I believe the greatest rock song ever written is The Eagles' "Hotel California". I have believed this for some time, and for a variety of reasons.  But I have come to believe it even more recently, because "Hotel California" is turning out to be the anthem of any nation -- at this time, the United States -- which allows itself to be seduced into tyranny by the meretricious charms of simplistic solutions to problems which, though genuine enough, may be used to further the demagoguery of people whose only loyalty is to their own power. Our fear and perplexity are their strength. The latest highway signpost pointing the way to our Nation's Hotel California is the 20-page memorandum arguing that the President is a law unto himself. We can hear the music and read the lyrics even now.