For Political News Junkies

I want to urge … nay, implore … every person who is interested in the political news-of-the-day to read Heather Cox Richardson’s “Letters from an American.”

Ms. Richardson is not a “blogger.” She shares her thoughts through a daily newsletter, which can be accessed here, and uses “facts and history to make observations about contemporary American politics.” She includes links to each and every source she references.

Of all the daily political news sources I read, I’ve found this one the most interesting. She often includes information not found in the regular media, plus she adds her own take on things (which I nearly always agree with).

Wikipedia describes Ms. Richardson as an American historian and Professor of History at Boston College.

Added Note: Her primary distribution source is (click Free Publications). She also publishes on Facebook and Twitter. You can receive her newsletters through your email as well, but for the life of me, I can’t remember how to sign up! If anyone knows the steps, please share them in Comments.

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54 thoughts on “For Political News Junkies

    • This doesn’t show any options to subscribe. At least that I could see … ?? Perhaps if you create an “account” with Substack (I have one), you’d have access not only to her but other newsletters as well.

      I wish I could remember how I did it. I recommended her to Scottie and he signed up … maybe he’ll fill in the blanks?


        • Perhaps because I already have an account, that option doesn’t show on my screen (or I’m a bit blind). In any event … THANK YOU! I really think most of us can really identify with what she shares.

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      • If you do Facebook, you can follow here there or maybe google it through your browser…and go from there.
        For me the link has subscribe in two different places….


  1. It has been apparent all along, no matter how much evidence there is (both brought to light by investigation, and kept from coming to light by Trump & the GOP), that Trump will remain President unless voted out of office in the November election. At that point, what will it say about the fabric and moral vapidity of America that many millions of its people may well reelect the most shamelessly brazen and corrupt President in its history?

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    • What will it say? It will say that Trump is a preferable choice to the alternative to a significant portion of the voting public. It is therefore our job to make the alternative more palatable to this significant portion, to understand why so much of alternative policies are not palatable, and make the changes in policy necessary to appeal to the majority.

      It shouldn’t be all that difficult, considering the competition…. but, Lo and Behold!… this demonstrates just how how far off base is today’s ongoing progressive ideology reflected in the alternative. And that should make all of us give our head a shake.

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  2. Never underestimate the power of language aimed at the people and their emotions. If you doubt that, turn the sound off and watch Hitler, Mussolini, Trump. They look bloody silly. But turn the sound on, and watch the faces of the people in those crowds.
    These guys appeal to the feelings, not the brain. They subtly and sometimes not so subtly open up the doors in people, the kind that let out all the anger, all the misogyny, the racist feelings, and play on that.

    I don’t know if you remembered, but when Trump was elected, suddenly the Klan and the skinheads were front page news again. Trump even said ‘they’re not so bad…” and gave his sublte seal of approval. He plays into the fears that so many people have about ‘them dirty immigrants’, which is really what the Wall is about. He has mentioned on innumerable occasions how they were drug dealers and murderers and criminals, how they were going to steal our jobs, on and on and on, and that plays on the fears that so many people have about ‘foreigners’ anyway.

    It isn’t about Trump, it’s about what he does to people, and how he hypnotizes them.

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    • Good comment, Judy, because it is about a lot more than Trump, but he is the eye of the hurricane. Everything swirls around him. He creates fear. He creates confusion. He creates destruction.
      Yet it is the wind that does the real damage. It churns the water to come rushing ashore in waves a hundred feet high, pushed at speeds that drive it far inland.
      The wind itself is so strong it uproots trees and tears buildings apart without even slowing down. And that leaves destruction even nature cannot defend against.
      By his words and deeds Trump is tearing the world apart, but I guess there is no man-made law against that, who ever figured we could or would need such a law. The end of humanity was infathomable. Was infathomable. Now there are at least two possible futures where mankind disappears from the face of the world. Climate disaster, and nuclear war. Trump’s finger is on the red button for the latter, and his fight against stopping climate disasters is increasing the probability of nature destroying humanity. One can be forgiven if they see no way out of this mess.
      This impeachment kangaroo court scenario that the Repuglycans are try to foist on America, and thereby the world, is just another sign of the hypocrisy of democracy as it is practised today. It is no longer a system of government, but a power grab by the rich elite.
      Who is going to stand up for the little guy?

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      • Democracy is only as good as the morals of the voters. Morals of the voters is directly dependant on the capacity of the voters to make moral rather than moralist choises. The capacity to make moral choises is dependant on the level of education and means to evaluate the real world. The level of education is dependant on the level of public school education. Public school education is dependant on wether or not the elite, the rich or even the middle classes have a choise to put their children onto a private school, or to homeschool them. For the society to understand this, it is dependant on the morals of the voters. That they understand, that in the common society, common world we all share and can not escape, we are dependant on each others.That the society is a common effort, not a competition.

        It is all too easy for a society to build an elite, that is able to abuse the masses, because the majority of people are kept poorly educated. Such people can be manipulated by moralism, such as religious morals, wich is not absolute, but very elastic according to what the clergy from within the social elite wants it to represent, or nationalism, that the populist politician uses to their benefit. Both are based on the fear of the unknown, and if people are poorly educated, they have a lot more reasons to fear the unknown. Like all the other elite, the capitalist lies to the people, that their priviledged position is necessary for the rest of the people to have their livelyhoods and by sheer wealth the capitalist manipulates the voters, through the means of commercialism, just as the capitalist has turned the people rather into consumers, than citizens.

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        • Morals are someone’s ideas of right and wrong. I see no applications where voting can be a moral decision. Likewise I cannot even use ethical in place of moral, since ethics are as ungrounded as morals.
          I don’t vote on idealistic grounds, I refuse to reward the worse of two bad choices. If you cannot give me two or more worthy chices to vote for, don’t bother giving me any. This is what democracy has become today. Getting elected is more important than being a good governer. Such a person is immoral, unethical, and an asshole, to say the least.


          • Here in Finland we have a multi-party system. It means there are always several candidates from a variety of parties and ideologies, some of whom have a more similar view to the reality as any particular voter, like myself, and some that have less. I do not know if even in this system there ever are any candidates who agree with me as a voter on every single issue, but so far I have always been able to find a candidate who agrees with me enough for me to choose them and promote them against a far worse option. If I do not vote, I give away that right to influence the politics. I like to vote the person and the party, that in my understanding of the real world around me is the most responsible one. I would hate to think of a situation where none of the candidates would own up to my standards.

            The Roman Catholic church demands that the Pope is infallible, exept when he is given false information by someone else. I think we are all infallible in this sense. All our choses are good choises in light of what information we have recieved. Even the person who knows they are doing wrong, on some level relies on some bit of information, or rather misinformation, why they think they are somehow justified in their wrongdoing. Most often people do wrong, when they are being selfish, but what we understand by overt selfishness is a result of limited view on what really is good for us.

            We are social animals and therefore what is good for us all is good for us individually also. Morals is really simple, the rights of one end where the rights of a nother come in play. The fact, that someone may disagree with my morals, does not mean that morals themselves as a concept was subjective, it means one of us may possibly be closer to what really is objectively moral, or that we may both be equally wrong. We may never get to any absolute morals, as we have no access to absolute information, but it is an effort worth making for the good of all of us to have a better and more informed understanding about the reality for us to make more moral choises.

            I do not think morals is just about opinions. The religious often think that morals is about obeying the will of a particular deity, but that is not morals, it is a moralist view, since ultimately to make the assesment, that what that god wants is actually moral, by comparing it to some universal moral standard. Even though gods and what they happen to want vary from culture to culture, the excuse given for moralist religious views is almost exclusively general human wellbeing and common good. In addition there is the problem of actually proving that said god actually exists, before the alledged opinions of that god should have any bearing. As a behaviour model morals is universally justified by it being about doing the right thing, regardless of the social norms or rules. Right, or wrong are not subjective. They can be objectively evaluated, if they are compared to the ultimate goal of morals – the wellbeing of humans. The better the information behind the choises, the better the choises to reach that goal.

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            • This line is the most important one in your comment … If I do not vote, I give away that right to influence the politics.

              Yet so many DO give away that right by not voting — and then complain and argue over what is happening as a result of the people who DID vote.

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            • Hello, rautakyy. Nice to meet you. I know we have spoken before, but now I know a bit more about you.
              If you were to change your reference to “humans, or humanity,” to “life, or all living beings,” I would be in agreement with you. For me it is not enough to care only about humans, because all living beings are equal, and no one species should have “dominion” over any other. Humans love to think they are in charge, but they are not. The maggots that feed on our dead bodies prove them wrong.

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            • Hello rawgod, nice to meet you too. I see your point. I do not mean to be a speciest. I have pets and I have been responsible for a number of animals and plants during my life. I do not see my pets as my property in the sense I see the inanimate objects I own. The animals are my responsibility and under my care, because I have the ability to benefit them in that sense.

              My emphasis on humans and humanity is based on the observation, that we humans are dependant on life and all living beings, even the inanimate nature. That is the bigger picture. I do not see this as an issue of “dominion”, but as an issue of responsibility of our own actions and inactions. Parents do not own their children, but they certainly do have a responsibility over them. That responsibility does not go away even if there is no-one to hold them accountable on it. Same applies to all living things, and even between us humans. To my knowledge, for a truly adult person, responsibility is the result of power and ability. Humans are no different from other animals exept for our power and ability to mold our environments and for our potential ability to understand the reprecussions of our actions and inactions, both beneficial as the harmfull. That is where morals stems from. If some set of rules, or ethics is not based on that, then it is not actual morals, but rather moralism.

              Even the law (that is a – limited – representation of social morals) does not provide excuses for people, who claim they did not know the law, but it is built on the reasonable expectation, that you can be held accountable, because you are able to find out what the law says before you take action.

              Perhaps, as you reminded me, I should not try to put this issue of morals forward as a human issue, because it involves all living things making choises and even sentiency is a term too often understood in much too limited view. To my knowledge living beings on this one small planet are all sentient to different levels and we may be on the verge of engineered sentience. Besides who knows what sentience lies beyond our solar system… However, I would not hold a wild animal responsible in the way I hold a human being responsible for violating the rights of a nother.

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            • Two of the main words in my philosophy, and they cannot be separated one from the other, are respect and responsibility. Add these two words to my belief that all living beings are equal in worth, and being human loses its importance in the big picture.
              It sounds like we have a lot in common. Peace to you. I’m sure we will speak again.


          • the thing we keep forgetting, because Trump makes sure we do, is that he never won. He lost the damn popular vote by 3 MILLION votes. That is a huge huge bite, and whatever he or his cronies did to the electoral college vote swayed it all the way over to his side of the park.
            it’s that simple. And there he was, and is, hammering away at the lie until it becomes the truth, that he won, he won, he won. He didn’t. He stole it.

            Life would be simpler without the electoral college, because it makes me feel as if my one vote, and yours, don’t mean a damn thing. Not if we can elect someone with a healthy margin, and have it taken away by 538 people…

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            • I doubt Trump stole the EC ballots, he isn’t smart enough. But I’m damn sure he bought them, and paid a good price. The 2016 bank accounts of every Electoral College member, whatever you call them, should be looked at. Some for sure got paid off. Follow the money!

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            • I agree with you, Judy. It almost makes me feel like … what’s the point? I suppose in limited thinking, one can dig out a “good” reason for the Electoral College, but for most of us “average” voters, it definitely seems unfair.

              Hopefully someday we’ll get some people in government that think like you and me and thousands of others and kick it down the road. Hopefully.

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      • I tried to read this morning’s letter from Heather and had to stop. It’s such a combination of hope and despair it hurts to read, especially at 5 AM. All the amazingly evil things that are coming out, and then the reality that no matter what the ‘good guys’ do, he’ll walk off scott free and possibly get re-elected because his loyal band of merry men feel sorry for him…

        He has reached the status of godhead to some people, the kind of deific critter where, if he were to run someone over with a car or beat them up with a golf club, the angry mob would shoot the cop who tried to arrest him.

        oh, and one slight correction: up above I said Trump stole the election, and it was read as “he stole the electoral voting ballots” which would be a very different fish, indeed. I meant he stole the election by whatever shenanigans he could, to convince the EC to vote the way they did.

        OT: I always thought it would be cool to witness the collapse of a civilization, and this is happening right on cue (most civilizations have a shelf life of about 2000 years, btw), but I had hopes of not seeing quite this much of it, so soon. And when a civilization goes down, there’s usually a martyr involved, in some way. And a religion, and utter darkness. I can only hope that wiser heads than mine are storing away what we have learned, in a safe bunker, for the time when we will need it again. And I can only hope I don’t live to see the part where the walls come down around our ears.

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        • Judy, rather than “his loyal band of merry men” feeling sorry for him, I would be more inclined to think they’re protecting themselves. There are strong indications this man has “mob” connections. Need I say more?

          And … as disturbing as it is, your last paragraph feels awfully prophetic. Especially if things don’t change by the end of this year.

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          • Nan, if you have ever read Will Durant’s Civilization series, you may have come across a section (that I can’t find now) in which he documents the dissolution and fall of a civilization–and the first thing to go is art, when the heads of state no longer support music, painting, and poetry. He shows chilling photos of the decline of Roman art in just a century, from exquisite sculpture to what looks to be pencil holes poked into a clay figure to represent a face. We revere Wyeth, and while he’s good, he cannot hold a match to Rembrandt. And I think fondly of black brushstrokes which are just paint on canvas with no meaning, selling for entirely too much money. Remember the exploding painted elelphant dung in the MOMA?

            Music goes when the king or emperor no longer supports it. When was the last time we had a true symphony and Im not talking about Rhapsody in Blue. Tchaikowski was nearly the last, and that was over a hundred years ago.
            Even when I was a kid, poetry was a thing. You could find it in any magazine, and there were actually published poets that you could still read and enjoy. Books now are dumbed down, unbelievably so, to suit the tastes of the millenials. And bookstores are filled with everything but literature. Magazines are now pictures with short words under them.

            He predicted this happening, 80 or 90 years ago, and it has been fascinating to see it unfold, with a front row seat. Sort of like watching snakes fighting and hoping they don’t notice you.

            I am tempted to haul out “a wailing and a gnashing of teeth’ but I won’t.

            I think Trump is a symptom, as are the ungluings of the major religions and the chaos seeming to arise out of everything.

            There, now; don’t we feel better, hm?

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            • No, I haven’t read the series … but your synopsis provides a good, but disturbing, idea of its contents.

              I think many (most?) of us are unaware of what’s happening below the surface. We’re so focused on our individual lives and the immediate things that affect us that we rarely (if ever) look at the big picture and consider what’s really taking place.

              Quite frankly, it’s a tragedy. That may sound melodramatic, but I think more of us need to look at the big picture in that light.

              Thank you for sharing. I’ve found a website that allows several options for downloading the series. Not sure how much time I can devote to it, but from your comments, I tend to think it’s something I should look into.

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            • The strength of the US Constitution will prevail, I have no doubt.

              The United States will survive a Donald Trump – even for several terms – but it’s to be expected that there will be corrections to the state of the Union along the way as the pendulum of time swings.

              It’s easy, I think, to fall into seeing the Big Problems and it’s tiring to always be presented with the worst events in the form of daily news. We forget that that – and not the successes and victories – is what grabs attention. It’s much harder to step back far enough to see periods of times for their overall effect and it is here that I think we can gain great hope. The US survives its social convulsions and life has never been better for the vast majority of its citizens compared to and contrasted with the bulk of the world’s population. We often forget this comparison but head straight to the oughts and wishes we would like to see in place already. What is forgotten are the huge strides made in every area of society. Nobody honestly believes life in late 1800s is somehow better when by every measurement the country is so much better today. That progress is not going to stop.

              No force in history has ever had the power of action the US can produce, the scope of industrial and technological might and leadership that although slow to move can reach unsurpassed effort once the country becomes mobilized to act in unison. This is what drives the justified fear of other Great Powers today who spend much effort trying their best to divide Americans and slow down this advance by creating doubt about its institutions. Once Americans realize this foreign effort and recognize it when it happens, the influence of fake news – especially in the toxic bubble worlds of social media – will fade and Americans will do what Americans have always done: rise to the challenge of today’s Big Problems and attain predominance.

              This will happen I think not because the United States is special or privileged or that the DNA of Americans is somehow superior but because the common person – mongrels one and all – actually shares the same individual values as their neighbour and this is what offers a common basis of unity in spite of other differences.

              Today’s test is really one of re-establishing Enlightenment values as the principles upon which the future will unfold. That’s the real danger in play that must be overcome as usual. But this road is not straight and every age presents unique challenges to staying on the road. That’s what we’re facing today: a populist leader trying to veer the country away from the Constitution to gain more power than the Office has, and can only do so by creating an imbalance between the three branches. This will have to be corrected for the country to stand, and so the short term gains we see happening that causes so much justified angst (the appointment of lackeys in the judiciary and congress, lackeys as heads of institutions, the sustained attack against deep government and bureaucracy) is the springboard necessary for later correction, which I have no doubt will go too far itself and need further adjusting for future generations… generations who will similarly decry their task as a sign of the end of Western civilization as we know it and the End of Days when it all comes crashing down.

              The US has been here, done this, and come out the other side stronger for it. There’s really no reason other than our own imported fear and doubt to believe otherwise. Americans just have to be reminded form time to time what patriotism to one’s country actually means in action.

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            • Yes I see…the end result is civilizations come and go, but there is always forward progress somewhere in the world that adds up to the whole.

              Now we just hope the climate change or nuclear war doesn’t come into effect to change the whole ball game worldwide.

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            • Oh, those challenges aren’t going anywhere. How do we respond to them – as a civilization – is the question. And the idea that each of us has inalienable rights and autonomy is so powerful and dangerous, and is central to Western civilization, that it has already changed the world irrevocably. I cannot see this changing in the face of global problems. Sure, the limits will always be tested and various countries will swing this way and that for periods of time (and perhaps with more more wars), but the rising trends for inalienable rights and autonomy around the globe are all heading in the same direction. This is cause for reasonable hope. And when large groups of people come together out of their own autonomous choice to address something, then these problems are mitigated. Even climate change – probably the greatest threat to all human civilization – will be addressed on a global scale even though the changes we will have to endure will have many of us pining for days of old and shaking their heads at the stupidity of previous generations. But this won’t alter the quest of billions to gain legal recognition of inalienable rights and autonomy and this is the benchmark idea of Western civilization even if its forms take on different guises locally. And if there is one thing we can know from history is that these central pillars that define Western civilization have already survived everything from global wars to economic collapse, from generational revolutions in culture and art to institutional technological changes. This civilization is built to adapt and has a long history of doing just that.

              I think of Western Civ much like I do the English language. Sure, there are good arguments about how deplorable the language has become, how it is abused, that it’s lost its poetry and is now a stark shadow of its older finery, that emoticons are taking over basic language skills, yada, yada, yada. You’ve heard the same. But look at how much it has affected the world, so much so that one can find an English speaker almost anywhere on the globe even in remote corners barely known outside of its local inhabitants. It is the water in which science and technology swims so much so that it’s easy to forget its indisputable dominance and longevity. That’s what I mean about stepping back far enough to compare and contrast, to get a perspective that isn’t simply myopic to the point we only hear about the degradation. Compared to any other language, English is built to adapt and has a long history of doing just that.

              It’s also easy to forget the inherited benefit of being a native English speaker in the same way it’s easy to forget the benefit of having inalienable rights and autonomy the foundation upon which our civilization has been built. This is the BEST time to be alive BECAUSE we live in the West. We just need to be reminded of this fact (and very good fortune) from time to time and learn to recognize when we are getting too myopic in seeing the nearby problems (and their scope) we face. We have a solid foundation upon which to maintain great hope when some problems seem to be so big. We have survived much in our collective past and can have confidence from that that we shall survive much in our collective future because our values at the level of civilization cannot be put back. They have, do, and shall continue to alter the world and make it a better place.

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    • Stunning, yes, in that the facts and events are soooo very clear and totally backed up by PROOF.

      Yet “his majesty” will undoubtedly be gloating and crowing via Twitter at the end because his sycophants are too focused on their own political future to take a stand for TRUTH.

      (She’s a great writer, huh?)

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  3. oh this woman is marvelous. I hope, sincerely, she never travels alone on the city streets, and never sits near windows. I’m quite serious. She is skewering the most famous thug and his band of merry men…

    Giuliani sorta looks the way a mob boss would, doesn’t he. brrr.

    I posted a link to her stuff on my blog, I hope someone reads this stuff over there…

    My one shimmering hope in all of this, is the dreadfully contemptuous behavior of the Reps during the hearings. Surely, surely, people are going to look at these folks and think, “we voted for these people?” Your tax dollars at work, yes indeed.

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    • Yes, one would think “surely, surely,” but unfortunately, they put the views of Sean Hannity and other “qualified” commentators on Faux News ahead of experienced and educated lawyers plus direct witnesses.


      • I am for once thankful that we no longer have a television. My husband will watch the State of the Union address, glued to the computer, and I will either put on my earplugs and play Elvanor, or go downstairs and try to figure out how to put a warp on the loom.
        Either way, the world will not stop if I don’t watch, or listen, nor much care if I do or not.

        All Im hoping for now, is that the people who worship that thug and his mob will see how contemptuously they’re behaving in this process. Im surprised they aren’t making paper airplanes and shooting them at each other. I will say this, the Dems haven’t broken, yet, they just soldier on, dignified and concerned. Im also hoping that enough rational Republicans see how bad this really is, and react accordingly in the voting booth.

        And one horrible thought emerges: why has no one tried to take this man out yet? Lord knows he’s the perfect moving target, he’s all over the place, golf courses, traveling, all of that…

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  4. Ahhhh … but his (paying) security crew shelter and protect him as he cruises in his little cart about the golf course. And the news sources photograph HIM, never the lurking guys in dark glasses and suits.

    And in answer to your question about why no one has tried to take him out … the people who dislike him the most are primarily Democrats and we have much more self-control and respect for the law.

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    • If you consider Lee Harvey Oswald, and Sirhan Sirhan, I don’t think party affiliations bothered them much. Im quite convinced that Lee Harvey had a source who paid him well to do what he did, he just wasn’t bright enough to carry it off. These were the kinds of people who live on the fringes of things, and these days with the easy access to weapons almost anyone with enough money or contacts can get their hands on enough fire power to take out a LOT of real estate.


  5. Most civilizations rot from within and that’s what’s happening here.
    The thing I really hate is that trump, the republicans and the cult worshipers will destabilize and destroy our country, but we all, especially the future generations, will pay the price for their greed and ignorance.

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    • when that happens, Mary, there’s no stopping it. It’s like trying to hold up a ten story building by leaning against it, when you suddenly realize it’s starting to tilt alarmingly…

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  6. Just read the latest from Heather Cox Richardson. I wish I hadn’t. This kind of thing is like waiting for a report from the doctor about that ‘thing’ they found. If it’s cancer, can they operate? If they can, will it work? If it isn’t cancer, what IS it and if they cant operate, what then?
    There is no easy comfortable solution to any of this.

    More and more Im glad I’m at the far end of the line, I’d hate to be someone in their twenties or thirties right now.

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    • We know what the Founders would say to this travesty by the US Senate:

      “I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”

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      • however. A conundrum. . A little rebellion, yes, but each side in this instance is rebelling against the other, and like an unhappy marriage, both are convinced that the other is wrong, and both are convinced they know the right way to handle this.


    • I agree … it looks like something I might shell out a few bucks for. 🙂

      The only thing that concerns me is the title. Having read her newsletters, I have an idea where she’s coming from and can pretty much guess at the contents, but for those who aren’t familiar with her, it sounds more like a book about the civil war years — and I tend to think it’s much more than that. Not only from her own description, but from reading her newsletters.

      In any case, I do plan to give it a look-see when it’s published next month.

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  7. You probably already know this, but reading here excellent post this morning, this was in a comment. It is her full credentials plus a link to a historical group she and many others do lectures..
    I’m sure you read today’s post. If you read it off Facebook, the comments are good too.

    These are daily posts. You may find what you are looking for, if you do some research. Heather Cox Richardson is an expert in the history of America, focusing on politics, economics, Reconstruction, and the West. She is the author of several books on the Civil War and Reconstruction, including, most recently, West From Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War (2007), Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre (2010), and To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party (2014). She is a professor of history at Boston College, where she has taught since 2010.

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    • I get her newsletters in my email so all I see is what she wrote … and of course, her extensive list of related links.

      IMO, she is simply amazing. Perhaps it’s because I agree with what she says. 😋 Nevertheless, her knowledge of political history and her in-depth look at its relationship to what’s happening today is outstanding.

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