Category: Ideas and Reflections

The Political Machine

When one watches some tired hack on the platform mechanically repeating the familiar phrases — bestial, atrocities, iron heel, bloodstained tyranny, free peoples of the world, stand shoulder to shoulder — one often has a curious feeling that one is not watching a live human being but some kind of dummy: a feeling which suddenly becomes stronger at moments when...

Not a Cloud in the Sky

And then where would we be? Tocqueville’s soft despotism is defined here: no clouds, no struggle, nothing to overcome, no accomplishment of value; just the comfort of never having to worry much about it — where “it” means life. If there were no clouds, The sun would have no courage, Nothing to break through

Poor, Unfulfilled Donald

Donald Trump is apparently convinced that “no politician in history…has been treated worse or more unfairly.” His followers, likewise, are convinced he is being illegitimately blocked, thwarted, stymied in his efforts to “make America great again.” The reason he can’t get things done, they insist, is that he is being restrained and resisted as no president has ever been restrained...

Reports on Mothers and Their Influence

Offering my personal Mother’s Day wishes to my own mom here on my website would make me feel a little like those men who ask someone to marry them by means of a skywriter during the seventh inning stretch at a baseball stadium — that is, one so desperate to impress himself that he forsakes personal feeling for public performance, sincere expression for...

Trump’s Disdain for American Health Care

In response to my recent post, “Trump and Krauthammer: Brothers in Progressive Fraud,” in which I mention President Trump’s recent tweet declaring that “everybody” has better health care than America, a dear friend, Dr. William Meisler, sent me the following: When I first read about Trump’s tweet concerning American health care, I immediately said to myself, “What an absolute fool...

April Showers

A lull in the artifice of political action, as we wait for Donald Trump to find a campaign pledge he hasn’t reversed yet, so he can promptly set about reversing it. A respite from the feverish emptiness of anxious rhetoric, as it has been more than twenty-four hours since North Korea promised (again) to reduce the United States to ashes. Yet another...

Happy Easter From Limbo

It may seem strange for a denizen of Limbo to be wishing everyone a Happy Easter. But who better than one denied a full bask in happiness to appreciate the desire for that state in others? It is perhaps precisely we Limbo-dwellers who best understand what Easter means to those who have made it through, or are destined to do...