Category Archives: Donald Trump

The Amateur in Trouble

The History Channel has put its 2012 docudrama The Men Who Built America back in its broadcast rotation. So, once again, “Cornelius Vanderbilt grows from a steamboat entrepreneur to the head of a railroad empire, and gets into a heated … Continue reading

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The Word from Switzerland

President Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, by the Democratic majority, and is now on trial, but it’s not quite a trial. It’s a trial in the Senate, where the majority in the Senate, the Republicans, gets … Continue reading

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Governing by Ridicule

“I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” Matilda’s father keeps saying that in the Roald Dahl book – and Danny DeVito keeps saying that to the poor little girl … Continue reading

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Those Impossible Things

“But what a fool believes, he sees… What seems to be is always better than nothing, than nothing at all…” Long ago, in another age – 1979 actually – the nation was humming along to the hit song of the … Continue reading

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Hammering Away At Reality

President Trump is not a subtle man. Some would say he’s crude but effective. Others say he’s crude and clueless, and thus dangerous. But he is direct. He was direct in July 2018: President Trump drew comparisons to George Orwell’s … Continue reading

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Giving an Appearance of Solidity to Pure Wind

Precision in language makes life easier for everyone. Problems can be solved, or at least addressed calmly, when everyone knows what everyone else is actually talking about. Sure someone will be angry, and another appalled, but this time, if each … Continue reading

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Mad for War

“It is well that war is so terrible. Otherwise we should grow too fond of it.” ~ Robert E. Lee Yeah, but he lost his war. He would say that. Donald Trump would never say such a thing. He always … Continue reading

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