JFK at 100

I wrote this piece a long time ago and didn't end up using it for anything but when I found out that Tuesday, May 23, 2017 was #JFK100 Social Media Day, I thought it was the perfect time to dust this off and give it a home. I know it's really long for a blog post … Continue reading JFK at 100

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Burn down the establishment

Abraham Lincoln, the first, and greatest Republican President, tried to appeal to the best in all Americans, even as the nation stood at the abyss of its darkest hour. Desperately hoping to stop the thunder of war clouds from coming over the horizon, he ended his first inaugural address with these noble words: "We are not enemies, … Continue reading Burn down the establishment

A Trump in the Crowd

I recently rewatched a classic cautionary tale about the dangers of populism and mass media, A Face in the Crowd (1957). It's the story of Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes (Andy Griffith), a drifter with no moral center, a talent for playing the guitar, and the gift of gab. When he is given the opportunity to become a radio … Continue reading A Trump in the Crowd

Trump, the new McCarthy

Sixty years ago this week, on December 2, 1954, Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) was censured by his fellow senators for his reckless and disgraceful behavior. McCarthy made a name for himself as a communist hunter, going after alleged commies in the Federal Government, with little or no evidence and an abundance of bravado. In the process … Continue reading Trump, the new McCarthy