Donald Trump vs. The Bill of Rights

Trump (1)Republicans reluctant to support the candidacy of Donald Trump are being bludgeoned with the argument that the next president could appoint as many as three Supreme Court justices. If Donald doesn’t pick them, Hillary will.

So Republicans should rally to Trump for that reason alone.

Pardon me, but I’m not buying that argument.

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Attention must be paid (except to climate change)

Mt_Herschel,_Antarctica,_Jan_2006 Think of it: Along all 95,000 miles of American coastline – not to mention coastlines all over the earth – “immense areas will most likely have to be abandoned to the rising sea.” Los Angeles, New York, London, Shanghai, Sydney, you name it: all the coastal cities of the world will be vulnerable to the same fate as Atlantis. Continue reading Attention must be paid (except to climate change)

No, Superdelegates Aren’t Stealing the Election

superdelegatesSuperdelegates are not mysterious, hidden figures, manipulating strings behind the scenes: They’re people like Governor John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, who are established politicians that have to answer to the base if they want a future in the party. Defying a clear victory in the delegate count is a poor way to foster goodwill among ones supporters.

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Is Donald Our Duce?

Trum_MussoThe moment I have in mind is October 24, 1922 in Naples, Italy. Addressing a mass rally of his Fascist followers, Benito Mussolini declared, “Either the government will be given to us, or we will seize it by marching on Rome.” It was enough. The prospect of blackshirted mobs rampaging through his capital frightened the King of Italy into appointing Mussolini prime minister. From there, it was a short step to his becoming Il Duce (The Leader)—a dictator with absolute power.

Although some have compared Donald Trump to Hitler, he more nearly resembles Mussolini.

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“Just like my flock of sheep…”

Trump in NHWhen Donald Trump told the nation “I love the poorly educated,” I thought back to an important but neglected 1957 movie called A Face in the Crowd.

The movie stars a young Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes, a demagogue in blue jeans who mesmerizes millions of gullible followers and molds them into a political force.

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