That this was already an overt Biden strategy eluded me until recently, when I saw the Lincoln Project’s latest video, which features rhetoric from modern presidents, juxtaposed against Trump’s toxic talk. The ad closes with Biden’s saying, “It’s time to pick up our heads. Remember who we are. This is the United States of America.” To my ear, that evoked Reagan’s “We are Americans” line. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Raving About Carnage. Biden’s Channeling Reagan.
Men in powerful positions are still sons who looked to their fathers for approval, for clues to what being a man is all about. Bill Clinton’s father died three months before he was born, leaving his son with questions about what might have been. Jimmy Carter has written about longing for his father’s approval, and about the time his father whipped him for taking a penny out of the collection plate at church. My father was the son of an alcoholic, whose drinking binges often left the family without money to pay bills. I have long felt that to understand Ronald Reagan, you have to understand that everything he was and did bounced off the fact that he was the child of an alcoholic. When he became a successful actor, he hired his father to answer his fan mail, wanting to give his father something to occupy himself with so that hopefully he wouldn’t drink. It worked for a while, until it didn’t. … [Read more...] about Fred Trump Tells You Everything There Is To Know About Donald
The temporary deployment of federal troops from the Department of Homeland Security to Portland over the last few weeks further underscores the paradox of Trump's law and order campaign as well as illustrating why governing is much more difficult than campaigning. Threatening to send troops to restore law and order in parts of a city riven by demonstrations and chaos might sound good in a campaign and can demonstrate strength in the face of unrest. However, actually doing it as President or even governor is very different because federal troops, like those in Portland, rarely restore order. … [Read more...] about What Trump gets wrong about law and order