Tag Archives: Nancy Pelosi

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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Appropriate Response

It may be that the essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. That was Obama’s strategy and his foreign policy – “Don’t do stupid shit.” Informally that was “leading from behind” – which worked just fine and drove … Continue reading

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In Need of a Landslide

“When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.” ~ Edmund Burke Burke … Continue reading

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The Man on the Ledge

There’s always that man on the ledge, and the good man, the hero, who goes out there and talks him down from that ledge. Empathy – understanding – reason – the careful application of guilt about all the people who … Continue reading

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The Extraordinarily Unpleasant

They said this would be unpleasant. They were right: President Trump went on the offensive on Monday a day after the special counsel investigation reported no conspiracy with Russia, suggesting that critics who pursued such suspicions were “treasonous,” guilty of … Continue reading

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Choosing When to Back Off

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” ~ W. C. Fields Nancy Pelosi is no fool. Conservatives may think she is evil and nasty and ugly and … Continue reading

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