Category Archives: Governance

Why Brett Kavanaugh Should Not Be Confirmed

I am inclined to believe Christine Blasey Ford’s account and I have serious doubts about Brett Kavanaugh’s denial of what took place between them in 1982. The two accounts are in stark opposition to one another, but, for me, there … Continue reading

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A Government of Laws, Not of Men

June 7, 2018 I had an opinion piece in yesterday’s Brunswick Times Record.  It concerns Trump’s claim that he could pardon himself — or rather with unsatisfactory reactions to that claim. “As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I … Continue reading

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More on Fascism

February 12, 2018 One of my favorite correspondents — OK, my son Tommy — adds depth and corrective about fascism.  He writes: On this topic, I find Robert Paxton’s slim (~220p) The Anatomy of Fascism to be extremely helpful. Paxton is a … Continue reading

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What Is Fascism? Has It Bloomed in the U.S.?

February 7, 2018 Over the past few days, James Fallows has been musing about “the challenge of calling the Trump era by its proper name.”  He is especially wrestling with whether “fascism” is the proper term as, he notes, Dutch … Continue reading

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End the Filibuster?

January 23, 2018 Donald Trump is calling for an end to the filibuster in the Senate.  His argument appears to be that it does not respect majority rule.  here’s the tweet. Donald J. Trump‏Verified account @realDonaldTrump FollowFollow @realDonaldTrump If Senate Republicans don’t … Continue reading

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A Demagogic Leadership Style

January 8, 2017 From a post by Bob Bauer, on the Lawfare Blog.  An astonishing but straightforward statement about the current president of the United States. Trump displays a demagogic leadership style characterized by the pathological personalization of his office. Of primary … Continue reading

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The Trump Presidency as Covering Fire

December 1, 2017 Can you picture the bit in most war movies and many westerns where someone says, “cover me while I make a break for it,” or “cover me while I get behind them,” or some such.  Always, “cover … Continue reading

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