Category Archives: Donald Trump

The Trump Transformation

Ronald Reagan was a transformational president. He made cutthroat conservatism sunny and acceptable. The government isn’t going to a damned thing for you. No one is going to a damned thing for you, and you don’t have to do a … Continue reading

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The Coming Long Winter

Winter is coming. Christmas is coming – and we’ve never had an Ebenezer Scrooge in the White House before – a president who is suspicious of everyone and everything. He has made that clear. Everyone wants our stuff. Donald Trump … Continue reading

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Contrarian Government

fJust enough voters in just the right places were unhappy with just about everything in their lives. They blamed anyone in charge of anything – anyone in power of any kind – for their lot in life. They had it … Continue reading

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The Question of Competence

There no point in citing the polls anymore. They’re all the same. One year after Americans elected Donald Trump, poll after poll shows that more than sixty percent of all Americans “disapprove” of the way that their new President Trump … Continue reading

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Obsessive Paranoia

Everyone should have known that a Donald Trump was coming. Richard Hofstadter explained how such a person was inevitable in Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1963) and in the essays collected in The Paranoid Style in American Politics (1964) which explored our curious distrust of people … Continue reading

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Screaming at the Sky

There’s a precedent for everything. In 1976 there was Network – written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet – about a fictional television network that’s taken a dive in the ratings. Peter Finch plays Howard Beale, the anchor … Continue reading

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Those Virginia Lovers

States have the formal and informal mottos. New Hampshire is defiant – “Live Free or Die” – that’s on all the license plates. Wisconsin’s official motto is “Forward” – but they’re “The Dairy State” on the license plates, which is … Continue reading

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