Tag Archives: George Aiken

The Aiken Gambit

Fifty years ago we were young men, and women, and the war in Vietnam had to end. It seemed so simple back in 1968 – just get out – but it wasn’t that simple. The nation was caught in the … Continue reading

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What Just Isn’t So

fThings weren’t always this way. There’s the curious case of George Aiken – one of those old-school “progressive” Republicans of the Teddy Roosevelt sort. Aiken arrived in the Senate in early 1941 and did turn out to be a bit iconoclastic. Toward … Continue reading

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The Perils of Declaring Victory

Politicians used to be more inventive, or more honest, or more… something. There was George Aiken – one of those old-school “progressive” Republicans of the Teddy Roosevelt sort. Aiken arrived in the Senate in early 1941 and stayed there, with the help … Continue reading

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Inventing Victory

They don’t make Republicans like they used to. Imagine a Vermont farmer who finds himself on the local school board and then moves up, eventually finding himself in the state legislature, and then somehow becomes the governor, and then becomes … Continue reading

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Ending What Had To End

It’s back – the Tower of Protest – rebuilt as part of the Pacific Standard Time art initiative – down on the Sunset Strip here, across from the Roxy. The original went up there in 1966 – “Stop War in … Continue reading

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