Tag Archives: Trump and Nixon

The Fallout That Kills

President Trump gave the nation the day off – on Thursday, August 16, 2018, he didn’t do anything outrageous, just to be outrageous, to fire up his base, the folks who want him to be outrageous, to drive all the … Continue reading

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Someone Smirked

Black parents have “the conversation” with their kids. White parents do to, unless they’re very wealthy and quite well-connected. The conversation is about how to keep from getting shot dead. If you’re stopped by the police for any reason, or … Continue reading

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Fixing the Plumbing

Nixon had his Plumbers – the super-secret White House Special Investigations Unit, created on July 24, 1971, to stop all the leaks of classified information. Their first operation was the burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s Los Angeles psychiatrist, … Continue reading

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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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