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Good Mourning America!

Good Mourning America!

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I cannot vouch for the source, but Mark Twain is reputed to have once remarked “History doesn’t repeat, but it sometimes rhymes”.  For reasons of both personal history and temperament, I have always found it difficult to be optimistic. But in the wake – an apt word, if ever there was one! – of the recent presidential election, I find it flatly impossible, and even trying to be such would grate on my sensibilities as an exercise in dishonesty.  The most I can do at this point is to offer some perspective. But even this, modest as it is, may turn out to be considerably less than comforting and encouraging. For the precedent I am going to cite, the most relevant template, will be the final death throes of the Weimar Republic and the rise of fascism in Germany, as embodied in Adolf Hitler.
OK … 1-2-3 … Start Chanting “Godwin! Godwin! Godwin!”

OK … 1-2-3 … Start Chanting “Godwin! Godwin! Godwin!”

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If there are any Trump supporters reading this, I urgently advise you, before you read any farther, to place across both knees a large book like Gray’s Anatomy or the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary, because I can guarantee that at some point, your knee will jerk, which could cause you to kick your coffee table over or result in a shoe flying off your foot and through your TV screen. There … you have been warned. (You might also reflexively shout in a Terminator or Robbie-the-Robot voice “Godwin’s Law … Godwin’s Law … Godwin’s Law”, but unless you disturb your neighbors, no harm / no foul.) Why? Because this “Skeptic’s” column is about parallels, which I insist are neither gratuitous nor imaginary nor fictitious, between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. I would also recommend that y
Chief Justice John Marshall’s Brick Wall

Chief Justice John Marshall’s Brick Wall

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This election year, I've been remembering a business trip I took to the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, several years ago. Whenever I travel to that part of the country, I always make time to visit friends in the area and places in the District that hold special meaning for me. One of those places is the National Archives, on the NW corner of 7th & Constitution, diagonally opposite the West Wing of the National Gallery. The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are always impressive, and on this years-ago occasion, no less so than usual. But on this visit, what impressed me the most was not the Founding Documents, but a little 3x5 note card affixed to the wall above the display case immediately flanking the Bill of Rights. The display case contained ...