Tag Archives: Real Americans

The Rural Mandate

The sixties ended two years early, in 1968, with the election of Richard Nixon. Jack Kennedy had been assassinated early on, and then, in 1968, it was Martin Luther King, and then Bobby Kennedy – and all the antiwar protests … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Dodging

Back in 2008, which seems like the distant past now, Sarah Palin, at an event in Charlotte, North Carolina, talked about what she said she liked to call the Real Americans – they lived on farms and in small towns, … Continue reading

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Imagine No Religion

Think back to October 1971 and John Lennon’s last wistful cri de coeur of the dying sixties counterculture – “Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky” – … Continue reading

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The Purest Politics

Call it identity politics, or tribal politics, but it’s clear that when it comes time to choose someone to run things, that someone should be one of “us” – because few have the time or energy or patience to consider … Continue reading

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This Sort of Country

Hollywood isn’t exactly the heartland of America – maybe that’s Peoria, or Waco, or Altoona – but we still do the Fourth of July out here, even if every conservative in the country says we have no right to do … Continue reading

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Seduced by the Greatest Generation

Timing is everything, but everything is guesswork. Doing the right thing at just the right moment – asking for that raise or deciding to go for it on fourth and long – depends on an accurate sense of the flow … Continue reading

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The Bonaparte Rule

Napoléon Bonaparte is said to have said that you should never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake – but he spoke French with a heavy Corsican accent and may have said something else entirely – perhaps he … Continue reading

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