Category Archives: Donald Trump

Imperial Stable Genius

In 1973 Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. wrote The Imperial Presidency arguing that the presidency was now uncontrollable and that it had exceeded the constitutional limits. The daily accountability of the president to the Congress, to the courts, to the press, and even … Continue reading

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On Strike Now

It’s an old idea. Aristophanes’ Lysistrata was a comedy about an odd mission to end the Peloponnesian War between Greek city states by denying all the men of the land any sex. Lysistrata persuades the women of the warring cities … Continue reading

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Try Doing Something

Fans of obscure nineteenth century British aphorisms tend to like William Shenstone, who once said that the world may be divided into people that read, people that write, people that think, and fox-hunters. That’s a British thing. Those brutal and cruel, … Continue reading

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A Shift in the Wind

Mondays are always difficult, and sometimes there’s a shift in the wind. There’s something in the air. Mondays can be like that. Something is going wrong. Donald Trump must have felt that: The fight over President Trump’s systematic stonewalling of … Continue reading

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Marching Into Darkness

If the Democrats in the House, where they have a clear majority, cannot do anything at all about anything a Republican president does, no matter how dangerous, or simply absurd, because the Senate is controlled by the Republicans who will … Continue reading

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Erase the Past

A week is an age in the Age of Trump. One damned thing after another happens every day, or every hour. And no one can remember what happened a week ago. Last week “Chuck and Nancy” sat down with President … Continue reading

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Rising to Total Incompetence

Richard Nixon was finally sworn in as president on January 20, 1969, the same year that Laurence J. Peter published his book on the Peter Principle – his insight into the nature of large organizations. In almost all organizational hierarchies, … Continue reading

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