Category 5. Politics

Just Settle Down!

I have a good friend who is kind of crusty. Whenever I, or anybody else, runs off at the mouth in his presence – interrupting someone or saying something that is ill-considered or expressed too stridently – he is liable to jump in with an abrupt “He wasn’t finished!” or “Just settle down!” He enforces his own rules of discourse.

When I am the one he calls out, I feel like a teenager being reprimanded by my elders, which is a neat trick considering that I am nearly sixty.

We could use a few guys – or gals, no reason it couldn’t be gals – like him as, oh I don’t know, editors-in-chief, executive producers and better angels sitting on the shoulders of our politicians and celebrities. They all need to tone down their rhetoric by several notches.

A couple of days ago, in conversation with some ...

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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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