A very unfair 160-year streak that Hillary Clinton could not overcome

James Buchanan did something that Hillary Clinton could not do, nor could any other Democrat since the election of Buchanan in 1856. Buchanan succeeded another Democrat by election without previously having ascended to the position because of the death of his predecessor. Hillary Clinton could not do this nor could a number of other Democrats…

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Trump’s laughable conflict of interest plan

Experts in the field of government ethics apparently had to restrain themselves from laughing out loud at Donald Trump’s conflict of interest plan, as he assumes the office of President of the United States. Trump’s lawyer, Sherri Dillon, outlined the plan at Trump’s Jan. 11 press conference. When it came time for this important announcement,…

Trump’s incoherence on full display at press conference

Don’t rely on condensed and cleaned-up news reports of Donald Trump’s Jan. 11, 2017 press conference to give the full picture of his incoherent thought process and speaking “style.” You have to read the complete transcript—or at least extended sections of it—to completely comprehend Trump’s inarticulateness and the erratic flow of words that constitute a…

Condoleezza Rice endorses Sessions for AG: How upside-down is that?

It is shocking to learn that Condoleezza Rice has endorsed Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for US Attorney General. The former Secretary of State’s decision to support Sessions is incongruous and bizarre, to say the least, especially given Rice’s personal, childhood history with racism and racial violence. Here’s some background. For starters, Sessions has a troubling…

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Holman rule: Purging federal employees

Republicans in Congress are binge-ing and purging–but their disorder isn’t of the eating variety. They are binge-ing on power and setting the stage–via passage of the Holman Rule–for political purging of federal employees. I’ve just called my U.S. Congressional Representative, Republican Ann Wagner. I called to register my protest against the Holman Rule, which was…

demagogue

How do you stop a demagogue? No easy answers

Now that the Electoral College has failed—not unexpectedly—in its wished-for mission to stop a demagogue from becoming President of the United States, we need to think more practically. Are there any techniques that have worked in other eras or in other democracies threatened by demagogues? Unfortunately, reading up on the world history of demagogues, I’m…