Category: history

Will Trump's iconoclasm change the unwritten rules of the presidency?

  To the norms of his job Trump refuses adherence; Like revoking John Brennan’s security clearance. Let us hope that tradition Survives its attrition And the norms will return upon Trump’s disappearance.

Trump does an impression of Neville Chamberlain

    No one wants war with the mad North Korean. But did Trump have to praise him to please him? It reminds me  of Chamberlain’s futile attempt To give Hitler some land to appease him.          

On Peggy Noonan, Donald Trump, and the Stone Age

    “Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Peggy Noonan on Sunday took issue with President Donald Trump’s assertion that she writes about him like he’s a Neanderthal — defending the prehistoric cave dwellers as organized, with ‘sensibility’ and ‘artistic complexity.'”     []   Peggy Noonan, Trump claims, had the gall To accuse him of being a  Neanderthal. But... Read more »

Compromise was the midwife of America

To compromise both sides must give And  find a common ground. That’s how democracies  live And justice will abound.    

History one stitch at a time: a lesson from ChicagoNow's Kathy Mathews

  “In 2015 I visited Calvin Coolidge’s home for the second time. I enjoy the fact that he is a President who made a quilt!”    [Kathy Mathews: “3 stupendous blog updates and one bummer”]   Calvin Coolidge’s silence marked him to the hilt. He had Scottish ancestors who did wear a kilt. He was very... Read more »

On deciding the fate of rebel statuary

  Should Confederate statues be taken down now? This controversy has created a row. We may never agree Upon generally, But let us civil be, any how.    

On Trump's fascination with Old Hickory

  Of all of the presidents, Jackson’s Trump’s hero; The  reasons he gives really add up to zero. In Trump’s simple thinkin’ He’s greater than Lincoln. What’s next? He admires the Emperor Nero?  

Trump is taking us back to 1984

  “On Sunday’s ‘Meet the Press,’Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, called easily disproved claims made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer ‘alternative facts.’ A bewildered Chuck Todd responded, ‘Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods.’ While the phrase ‘alternative facts’ reminded many of the terms ‘falsehoods,’  ‘lies’ and ‘untruths’ it reminded many... Read more »

In Trump, Pope Francis sees parallels to Hitler

  “‘Hitler did not steal power,’ the pope said. ‘He was elected by his people and then he destroyed his people.'”  [Pope Francis]   When asked about Trump said the Pope My fears are all groundless, I hope. There seems not a  gulf Between him and Adolph If there isn’t may God help us cope.... Read more »

Trumpolini: A Rule by Fiat?

  Trump reminds many of this dictator, A notorious human rights hater. Mussolini, by name. They may not be the same. But Trump seems like a good  simulator.