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Bull-Sh** And The Bully Pulpit

Bull-Sh** And The Bully Pulpit

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Several times in the process of playing my role of “voice crying in the wilderness” against the plague of Trump and Trumpism, I have encountered relatively temperate and relatively reasonable Trump supporters who said that, no, they were revolted by Trump’s advocacy of violence against his critics, prejudice against Muslims, the muzzling of a free press, and his condoning of sexual assault, because, yes, they recognized the reality of offenses in all those areas against personal dignity and constitutional liberty. But … you could hear the thundering hoofbeats of the "But" all the way across the Galaxy … Trump did advocate several policies they supported. And, besides, they concluded, the Presidency was, by the design of the Framers, a pretty weak office, anyway, in fact, more or less a...
Plus Ca Change, Plus C’est La Meme Chose!

Plus Ca Change, Plus C’est La Meme Chose!

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently said that "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before." Mayor Emanuel is right. In the case of the present neo-Weimar-ian Zeitgeist in the US, one of the things – no doubt, among many others – that “you think you could not do before” is to teach the Nation some history, and thereby, one may hope, nurture some sense of perspective. The point in doing so is not to induce a relaxation of vigilance or concern, perhaps not even of alarm, but to avert the kind of “carpet-bomb-‘em-til-the-sand-glows” hysteria that serves no purpose except to impair rational thought by providing fuel for the Willy Wonka Demagogue Factory that the Republican Party seems to have becom...