by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, 11/17/16
There’s right, wrong, and politics. When questions have only two answers to most voters—right and wrong—politicians beware!
The Democrats’ hoped-for version of 2010: if it doesn’t come in 2018, will it ever?
A white woman to follow a black man? That was asking more than many Americans could handle.
Workers white, black, Latino, female, male, undocumented: what do they have in common and how can men of ill will pit them against each other? US history—from the beginning to last week—shows how: it’s not the worker part. Divide et impera, as the ancients said.
All things to all people: enough people believe that a candidate is listening, hears their needs, and will work for them in office. A track record can be too long. Then, all things to all people quickly turns into some things to some people, and the equation becomes: “all minus some = disenchantment.”
If the only thing to fear is fear itself, what is the only thing to hate?
Logic 101:”A includes B” does not prove that “B includes A.” Thus: white supremacists may support X, but not all X supporters are white supremacists. Fortunately.
Offer a 70-year-old man the chance to become a good, empathetic, rational person? The triumph of hope over developmental psychology.
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