Is stupidity making a comeback in American politics?

  Eight years ago, somebody whose name I don’t recall wrote an essay in some publication or another about how the election of Barack Obama as president seemed to signal a pronounced turn away from anti-intellectualism in American politics. The piece made fun of the stupid things said and done by the likes of Republicans George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Dan Quayle and other fools of their ilk. The author hopefully predicted that Obama’s presidency would open a new age of popular respect for brains among our national leaders. One...

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Is the Trump presidency a warning from God?

  Over the years, right-wing televangelists have been quick to tell us that certain big disasters in America are warnings from God that our libertine ways have gone too far. For example, Pat Robertson and  Jerry Falwell (who has since deceased)  appeared jointly on television just two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and declared that these events were signs of God’s disapproval of abortion, homosexuality and other increasingly popular evils. But a question has occurred to me of late: Why have preachers of this...

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Trump has strange theories about physical exercise

  Donald Trump may have glaring shortcomings as chief executive of the federal government, but what about his claim to expertise regarding matters of human biology? The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump doesn’t  go much for physical exercise “because he believes it drains the body’s ‘finite’ energy resources.” As one who’s four years older than Trump and similarly overweight, partly because I don’t exercise as much as I should, I’m almost tempted to cite the president as an...

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My prediction of Trump’s fall is looking pretty good

  Three months ago this coming Sunday, I wrote here that Donald Trump’s “unsavory connections” to Russian boss Vladimir Putin’s regime eventually will lead to Trump’s impeachment or resignation as president of the United States. That hasn’t happened yet, but the odds against it are falling amid the fuss over Trump’s clumsy dismissal of James Comey as director of the FBI. On Feb. 14, I wrote that  Trump’s “gentle release of national security adviser Michael  Flynn from his team is just...

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How are we supposed to feel about James Comey getting the axe?

  A political pundit of ideological stripe, liberal or conservative, is not supposed to be uncertain about the controversies of the day — but I am acutely uncertain about how I should feel with regard to yesterday’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey. The political cross-currents surrounding this matter make it difficult for me to lay claim to a clear, unswerving position on whether Comey deserved his fate. Here’s the basic problem: Comey has been a loose cannon, especially with regard to the FBI investigation of...

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