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Abandoning Commitment to Democracy

The past is the present. Nothing much changes. On November 7, 2006, the Republicans got wiped out in the midterm elections. They lost control of the House and Senate. Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House – a woman – … Continue reading

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The Three Tweets of Rage

Donald Trump can be impressive, in an odd crude way, but no one likes a whiner. Shakespeare is impressive, subtle and insightful, but no one likes King Lear – his least-performed tragedy. Lear is a whiner. The rich old king, losing his … Continue reading

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Searching For Enemies

There’s a new Hemingway short story – well, not new. It was written in 1956 and takes place in 1944 in Paris. Of course it does. By 1956, Hemingway was disgusted with being famous. He knew he couldn’t live up … Continue reading

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Paranoia Strikes Deep

There’s the small shopping center down on the corner with a Starbucks and a multiplex and a trendy fitness gym and a Trader Joe’s – where Schwab’s Drug Store once stood, where Lana Turner, in her tight sweater, wasn’t really … Continue reading

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Cult Status

Cult films are cool. They’re dumb films, often intentionally absurd, often intentionally ironic. The “cult” is in on the joke. They watch these things over and over and shout out the lines along with the actors on screen, or sing … Continue reading

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Duty, Honor, Country

There was that graduation at West Point long ago. Colin Powell spoke – he was fine. The Soviet Union had just collapsed and we had no enemies now. In fact, our idea of how societies should be organized had won. … Continue reading

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Trump’s Three Wars

Richard Nixon had his band of “dirty tricksters” – but they didn’t work hand in hand with the Russians. Things were different back then. Nixon’s guys worked alone, but they made that one mistake. That rag-tag team assembled to break … Continue reading

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