Trump’s rhetoric on crime and illegal immigration is mostly false

  In a post HERE last Friday, I took issue with Donald Trump’s bogus claim that violent crime in America has become a lot worse under President Obama. Such rhetoric is simply nonsense, but Trump’s indiscriminate supporters lap it up. Obama himself addressed the issue (and added illegal immigration to the mix) in his well-received speech last night at the Democratic National Convention. He said: “It doesn’t matter to [Trump] that illegal immigration and the crime rate are as low as they’ve been in decades, because he’s...

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Hillary might be an unlikely savior of the Republican Party

  If Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump in the November election, which I still think is more likely than not, she might end up saving the Republican Party from itself. Follow me here as I unveil what I consider a possible scenario: In the past decade or so, rhetoric in the GOP has become increasingly reckless and kooky, giving rise to the Tea Party movement and now to the emergence of Donald Trump as the party’s standard-bearer. This regrettable evolution has prompted more than a few so-called establishment Republicans to almost...

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Trump is peddling nonsense about crime

  There is perhaps no subject in America that more readily lends itself to political distortion than crime rates. Donald Trump is fully aware of this, as evidenced by the incessant fear-mongering in his political rhetoric. In his big speech last night at the Republican Convention, The Donald did his best to misrepresent the overall picture of crime in the past few decades. The truth of the matter is that crime stats tend to fluctuate from time to time and from locale to locale. This makes the causes of crime difficult to pinpoint and...

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In politics, the enemy of my enemy is sometimes my friend

  Like anyone else with at least half a brain, I greatly enjoyed the spectacle at the Republican Convention Wednesday night when the insufferable Ted Cruz gave the proverbial finger to the even more insufferable Donald Trump. Ordinarily, a loser in the race for a party’s presidential nomination is allowed to speak at the convention only for purposes of burying the hatchet and endorsing the nominee in the general election. But that wasn’t the case with Cruz. Trump’s people seem to have blundered in inviting Cruz to speak...

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Trump’s appeal to false nostalgia is why older folks tend to like him

  Nostalgia has its charms, to be sure, but it’s dangerous when it shapes our political attitudes. Consider the fact that Donald Trump, whose campaign slogan is “Make America Great Again,”  is more popular among geezers than among young folks. People who think that the America of  yore was mostly a better place than it is now have short or highly selective memories. Yes, I’m an oldster myself — my 74th birthday will come this fall — but I don’t want to return to the America of my youth. I...

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