Category 5. Politics

Trump’s Lies

An anonymous reader of yesterday’s post left a very sharp comment that I quote here in its entirety:

“’who was (and is!) entitled, self-righteous and dishonest to or past the point of criminality….’ Describes Mr. Trump equally, or possibly more than Mrs. Clinton, don’t you think? We shouldn’t hold him to a lower standard.”

This comment calls for a serious response. By embedding my response into a new post, I’ll give both the comment and my response a wider audience.


For many, many years before Trump entered politics, my former business partner and I were mildly obsessed by his low character and his publicity-seeking antics. We watched the erection of one of his garishly named buildings from our office windows, so he was a neighbor of sorts...

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Trump’s Luck

One of the reasons that I’m glad I’m not a Democrat – in addition to the obvious one that I mostly disagree with the party’s policy prescriptions – is that if I were, I would be going into a deep depression about the way that the party’s leaders are behaving. Because of their ferocious dislike of the president, and the echo chambers in which they live and breathe, they are acting like idiots. I am convinced that the American people are noticing or will get around to doing so by election time.

To begin, by presenting a uniformly sullen image during the State of the Union address last week, Congressional Democrats may have telegraphed their righteous hatred of all things Trump to their most fervent volunteers and donors, but would the broader audience really appreciate their insisten...

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Blinded By Hate

I’ve just read what I believe is by far the most lucid, balanced perspective yet on the Russia/collusion investigation’s background and sustaining fuel, written by Andrew McCarthy in National Review; I urge you to read it too:

By way of background, McCarthy is a former federal prosecutor, so he has a deep knowledge of the relevant law and processes. National Review, for its part, is and always has been at the heart of the neverTrump movement – conservative intellectuals whose loathing of our President matches or exceeds that of, say, The New York Times, but in their case it is based more on the sense that electing a man of Trump’s character and (presumed lack of) principle...

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Mueller’s Game

I have tried to avoid the temptation to comment on the alleged scandals involving supposed collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians and the possibility that the president obstructed justice by firing James Comey. Heretofore, the sole exception to my general reticence on this topic was when I wrote that former president Obama, who has little love for his successor and who doubtless knows more on these scores than most, has been notably absent from the wolfpack pursuing Trump.

I have figured that because I have no independent knowledge of the facts, and less of the relevant law than many, I didn’t have much light to shed...

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Coming to Like Trump

I am beginning to like this guy Trump.

As longtime readers of these posts know, I gave money to and voted for Gary Johnson. I have regularly written about my differences – both stylistic and substantive – with the President. I am often horrified by his thin-skinned immaturity and un-presidential tweets and – more substantively – I am truly worried by his nonchalance about the growth of entitlement spending (typified by his acceptance of the pre-existing conditions aspect of Obamacare) and his threats to tear up the NAFTA treaty. I can read a column like this one ( by die-hard never-Trumper Jonah Goldberg and agree with every word.

And yet, … I think he is doing a lot of good. Let me detail the ways:

– I ...

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Political Realignment?

Over the last couple of months, I have been doing a lot of thinking about President Trump and our country’s bitter partisan divides.

As longtime Civil Horizon readers know, I have mixed feelings about our new president – in whom, from a policy perspective, I see strong positives and equally strong negatives; my conflicted feelings mirror those of the voices of the establishment right – particularly, The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page and National Review. I would describe these views as not NeverTrump, but a distinct mixture of hopes and fears.

At the same time, the voices of the establishment left – particularly the “news” pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post – and mainstream (meaning: of the left) broadcast outlets like CNN and MSNBC, can only be descri...

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