Category Archives: Republican Idealistic Theory

Moving Beyond Kansas

Call it the Curious Case of Donald Trump. He keeps reminding us that he is the most admired and respected man in America, which has become a bit of a running joke – except that for a few weeks last … Continue reading

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The American Mythic World

Moby Dick and Joyce’s Ulysses, and War and Peace, and all of Proust and so much else – there are famous books no one really reads. Well, some do – but most everyone else is, as they say, familiar with … Continue reading

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The Impossibility of Agreement

All young women eventually turn into their mothers – sometime, in your fifties, you look in the mirror and there she is. It’s not necessarily physical, although genetics being what they are it often is. But what is just as … Continue reading

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Selling Abstract Theories in a Time of Personal Terror

The Republicans want to return to power. The party out of power, at the moment, always wants to return to power. And in 2010 the Republicans won back the House, leading them to claim, repeatedly, they have a mandate – … Continue reading

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When Political Purity Reaches Its Natural Limit

We all know the political dynamic. It’s been in place for decades. People vote for politicians who stick to their principles. John Kerry, like all Democrats, was a flip-flopper – when circumstances changed he thought about what just happened and … Continue reading

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Figuring Them Out

Gandalf said it – “Hobbits really are amazing creatures. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you.” The same thing goes for political … Continue reading

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Piling on the Scorn

As Thursday, February 12, came to a close – Abe Lincoln and Charles Darwin would have been two-hundred years old, had they been able to hang around – it seemed the first step in saving the nation, and perhaps the … Continue reading

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