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https://madison.com/ct/opinion/column/j ... 9790a.html
I pray for a giant awakening . . . in Washington, and across the land.
Making comparisons over a 70-year span of time is dicey. In those post-war years, Communism was the bugaboo, and not in a right-left manner, but pretty much across the board. The most popular show on TV in those days was "I Led Three Lives," based on the book "I Was a Communist for the FBI" by Herb Philbrick. McCarthy had a lot of support at the beginning. There was a lot of talk about what a good president he would have made, but he was so dreadful on TV that he was "hanged by his own petard." (In a way, the same has happened to Trump.) Meanwhile, the House of Representatives' HUAC was doing exactly the same thing, but the personalities that headed it were less telegenic. I doubt anyone can name a head of HUAC back to its founding in 1918 through 1975, when it was finally disbanded.
The one aspect of all of this I find ludicrous is the fretting about the political cat fight imperiling American democracy. It has not suffered a single abrasion. Trump's spotlight is fading, and we will have a new target come January, and the friction will continue.
a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.
Certainly this is one of the hallmarks, and either a cause, an effect, or both, of the much-referred-to polarization of the public, here and perhaps abroad as well ?
It would be wonderful if Mr Trump sank from sight; there is an equally strong possibility, isn't there, that he will keep himself in the spotlight---as it is the very air he breathes---for as long as possible ? Today's news is that he is more likely than not to run again in 2024, keeping his decision from the rest of his party for as long as possible and making it difficult for another candidate to rise to prominence. Underestimating the man has already cost the country dearly, and we would be well advised not to do so again.
One of a number of current stories: https://www.inquisitr.com/6394136/donal ... can-party/
I don't intend to start another useless back-and-forth about Donald Trump, and will leave the subject alone, here.
Presidents have to deal with the politics and circumstances of their time. They also have to protect their citizens from evil states and actors.
Here is a good article on isolationism: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archi ... sm/616499/