Tag Archives: Trump and Nixon

On Being Oblivious to Humiliation

Anyone can grow up to be president, even Donald Trump. He had never held political office before. His grasp of how our government (or any government) works is a few steps below rudimentary. He had no experience in foreign policy, … Continue reading

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Malevolence Tempered By Incompetence

It happened again. Things moved too fast. There was no time to consider the implications of anything. By Friday, no one remembered that, on Monday, the three-day government shutdown ended – a serious crisis that confirmed that our political system … Continue reading

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Unbalanced Power

Some things are inevitable. Donald Trump was inevitable, after Barack Obama. Obama was warm and personable, gracious and calm and smart as a whip, and careful. Perhaps he “led from behind” a bit too much, but he kept the nation … Continue reading

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Nixon Returns

History repeats itself. In fact, the same characters pop up again and again – stock characters – iconic symbols of this or that sort of historical folly. In the first decade of this century, America said “never again” – that … Continue reading

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Exhausting the Possibilities

America should be exhausted by now. How long has Donald Trump been president? There’s a widget for that – 147 days at this moment – but it seems much longer. Every day is “an extraordinary day in Washington” – no … Continue reading

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Mass Hysteria

It seems that someone told Donald Trump that if Richard Nixon had only had the guts to fire Archibald Cox, Nixon would have served out his full second term, in glory. But Nixon did fire Cox, and no good came … Continue reading

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Not Quite Watergate

The Watergate hearings were a long time ago. They were great television. Everyone watched. Sam Ervin was charming – just a simple country lawyer, but deadly. Fred Thompson got to ask “what did the president know and when did he … Continue reading

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