Tag Archives: Trump Unhinged

That Second Civil War

Young people roll their eyes when those of us now in our seventies talk about the sixties. But that was the decade to come of age in America. In high school it was the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis – we … Continue reading

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Maximum Exasperation

What just happened didn’t happen. What you saw you didn’t see. America has never had a president who said such things, but it does now: President Trump threatened on Friday to keep the federal government partly closed for “months or even … Continue reading

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Now Dawning on America

It was a Frank Capra movie. Jimmy Stewart, the idealistic new senator, somehow stops the corrupt old men who think they run the country – or he finds out that the big bankers cannot ruin his life after all – … Continue reading

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When Exhaustion is Progress

Things were hot out here in 1992 – on April 29, a jury acquitted four officers of the Los Angeles Police Department for use of excessive force in the arrest and beating of Rodney King. But everyone had seen the … Continue reading

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Evermore Powerful Bombs

There’s no clever opening here. Somehow, somewhere along the way, America became absurd – not mistaken – not momentarily gripped by some irrational fear or some irrational enthusiasm – just absurd. That may be Donald Trump’s doing. Philip Rucker, the … Continue reading

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The Warlike Posture

Nothing changed. Republicans gained Senate seats deep in red America, but in the House of Representatives, that other place, Democrats won seat after seat in urban and suburban America, and swept to a majority, and brought an end to the … Continue reading

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Between Moon and Mars

Everyone has to grow up somewhere. Some of us grew up in Pittsburgh, in the raw new suburbs in the hills just north of the city, in the fifties, not far from the Moon and Mars – but it wasn’t … Continue reading

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