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Trump and the Fire Hose

April 16, 2017

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Years ago I heard someone say, “The presidency is like a fire hose — lots of power rushes through it, but it’s hard to move.” I took that to mean that everything you do, as the most powerful person on Earth, is constrained by precedent, tradition, opposition, and tactical limitations. I mentioned the quote to a […]

Ballot Box Blues

November 27, 2016

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I’m starting to think that this is the last season of America and the writers are just going nuts. — Jake Flores What the hell is happening in the U.S.? Bitter anger between citizens, candidates nobody likes, garish negativity in the media. We’ve gotten so touchy with each other, it’s as easy to disrupt our harmony […]

Trump and the Anti-Semites

November 20, 2016

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                                         Breitbart is the most pro-Israel site in the United States. — Steve Bannon An acquaintance wondered if Donald Trump’s choice for White House chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, was an anti-Semite. The acquaintance cited an editorial released […]

Media vs. Trump

November 13, 2016

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The big story is the big cities trending blue (all over the country) and the smaller towns trending red. — Scott Sumner To the media, it was a stunning surprise. How on Earth could a tinhorn conservative boor like Donald Trump become president? After all, the polls clearly signaled a victory for the Democratic party’s […]

Politics: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 6, 2016

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                                                        If a conservative is a liberal who’s been mugged, a liberal is a conservative who’s been arrested. — Tom Wolfe CONSERVATIVES: Good things about American Conservatism Respect for […]

Polarization, Part 2: Feeding the Monster

October 2, 2016

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When I look at voters, I see human beings at their hysterical, innumerate worst. When I look at politicians, I see mendacious, callous bullies. — Bryan Caplan The United States was founded, among other things, on a principle of basic respect toward our fellow citizens. Yet the political system has devolved to the point where […]

Quippy the Gadfly

July 3, 2016

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Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. — Henry Adams Politics is a bloodless form of civil war. Political power is wielded, not by people who are good, but by people who are good at obtaining power. Everyone who speaks in public has an ulterior motive — usually […]