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  December 2018

Ancient Violence Is Still With Us

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Those words, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, are as pertinent today as they were 160 years ago. And are … Continue reading

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  October-November 2018

A Powerful Rebuttal to Trump’s “Fake News”

Bob Woodward’s latest book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” about Donald Trump’s fitness for office, has won strong reviews in major publications. In short, the book presents a crisis of leadership underscoring Trump’s inability to handle the job of … Continue reading

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  September 2018

The Danger of Trump’s Threats to the Press

“I don’t carry an AR (automatic rifle) but once we start shooting you f—ers you aren’t going to pop off like you do now. You’re worthless, the press is the enemy of the United States people and, you know what, … Continue reading

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  August 2018

“Fake News” Versus Facts — A Crucial Difference

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. When a Trump supporter said that President Obama had pardoned more persons than any other president, my first reaction was … Continue reading

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  June 2018

How Can We Talk About Morals and Politics?

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose.   Perhaps it is human instinct to deny or forget uncomfortable thoughts. Or maybe it iswillful hypocrisy, why folks of … Continue reading

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  May 2018

The Exemplar of Democracy in Retreat

“If we think of fascism as a wound from the past that had almost healed, putting Trump in the White House was like ripping off the bandage and picking at the scab,” Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 … Continue reading

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  March 2018

Guns and Liberty, Guns and Fear

Another mass shooting, more calls for something to be done. Politicians pause for prayer, Republicans and red-state Democrats squirm with generalities, and Trump picks his way carefully through the National Rifle Association policy thicket, hoping not to be pilloried by … Continue reading

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  February 2018

Clearing Up the Language

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. Donald Trump used the term “shithole” countries then denied he had said it. But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), said Trump … Continue reading

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  January 2018

The Appeal to Emotions, Not Facts

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. For an historical reflection on today’s Trump-GOP dominance, David Brooks, a conservative (of the old school) political writer, focused on … Continue reading

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  December 2017

“Things Will Not Improve”

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. Why does politics escape careful examination? Why do some people in their professional field quickly distinguish falsehood from fact and … Continue reading

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