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The Five Faces of Mount Rushmore

As with “The Three Faces of Eve,” Mount Rushmore has multiple personalities. It is like a Rorschach which tells different stories to different people according to John Taliaferro, author of “Great White Fathers: The True Story of Gutzon Borglum and His Obsessive Quest to Create the Mt. Rushmore National Monument.” It’s not exactly a palimpsest […]

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Is Jonathan Swan Toto?: It Is What It Is

Toto is perhaps the most famous dog in American cinematic history. She has become part of American mythology due to one scene in particular. Toto pulls back the curtain revealing the truth about the Wizard of Oz. This “revealing” is critical to the story. The Wizard is not the person he has been pretending to […]

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“The Party of Stupid,” Norman Vincent Peale, and the Coronavirus

Back in January 2013, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, then a rising Republican star, issued a stark and brutal warning to the Republican Party: it “must stop being the stupid party.” His issued this ringing admonition in the wake of the presidential election defeat in 2012 by Mitt Romney to Barack Obama. It was an election […]

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Who Will Be Biden’s Attorney General?

Right now the attention is focused on Joe Biden’s vice presidential selection. Any day now, we will learn who Biden has picked to be his running mate. At that point there will be a lot of discussion about the meaning of the choice. What does it mean for the future of the Democratic Party? What […]

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Cancel Frederick Douglass: Where Do You Stand on Purifying American History?

July is Frederick Douglass’s time of year. Around July 4 every year multiple history organizations have a reading of the Douglass speech of July 5, 1852, delivered in Rochester entitled “What to the slave is the fourth of July.” Even descendants may voice the words of their illustrious ancestor. This year, many of the recitations […]

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IQ Test and Portland: Listen to Mary Trump

People including the media should listen to Mary Trump. Oh sure, they buy her book, interview her, and cite her observations. But what they don’t do is incorporate her insights into their thinking. She said her uncle was child in the body of an adult. She said he had the emotional maturity of a three […]

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Woke American Exceptionalism Is Still American Exceptionalism

Woke American exceptionalism is still American exceptionalism. This realization occurred to me last week when I was watching a Woke presentation online and the term flashed in my mind. It wasn’t exactly a “eureka” or OMG moment as the light bulb clicked on. But it was a coming together of thoughts that brought order to […]

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TrumpVirus, Lafayette Square, and Portland Statues, Monuments, and Memorials

With all the talk about toppling statues and defacing monuments and memorials, it is time to start thinking about the new ones which should be erected. Typically, wartime leaders build just such markers to their greatness and their triumphs. Our wartime thinks he deserves to be on Mount Rushmore. However that possibility does not seem […]

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Putin’s Pence: What Does He Get from the Relationship?

A Question That Won’t Go Away: Why Does Trump Love Putin So Much? Following the news that Russia put a bounty on US troops, this old puzzle takes on new significance. David Corn (June 29, 2020) What does Putin’s Pence get from his relationship with Vladimir Putin? Everything is transactional. It’s all about the deal. […]

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