Alexander Hamilton Calls Out Donald Trump

There's an excerpt from a letter written by Alexander Hamilton in 1792 going around the social media world that disturbingly looks like it was addressed to Mr Trump. Allow me to do my small bit to make sure as many people who can, will see it...The truth unquestionably is, that the only path to a subversion of the republican system of the Country is, by flattering the prejudices of the people, and exciting their jealousies and apprehensions, to throw affairs into confusion, and bring on … [Read more...]

The Golden Calf: A Small Reflection on Donald J Trump’s Religion

Donald John Trump, our new president if you haven’t heard, isn't particularly good at conveying his religious values, or, even basic knowledge of the religion he professes. He has tried to put money into a communion plate and once referred to communion as taking “my little wine” and “my little cracker.” Once, when asked what was his favorite verse from scripture all he could come up with “an eye for an eye,” perhaps an accurate summation of a part of his personality, but not where most would go w … [Read more...]

The Wolf Takes Possession of the Hen House

Well, here we are.Enough people who are terrified at how the rich have been getting richer and the poor getting poorer while the middle class upon which our civilization has been based is rapidly falling apart, have elected as president of the United States a man who has spent his life enriching himself while screwing his vendors, and then ran a campaign long on hatred of all perceived "others," while promising as he knows how to game the system better than anyone, once elected as president … [Read more...]

Finding Myself Thinking of “You Nazty Spy!” Can’t Imagine Why…

While Charlie Chaplain's Great Dictator was in the can, in fact the very first film in popular distribution in America to mock Adolf Hitler and his Nazi movement were, of course, the Three Stooges.Today in 1940 the Three Stooges' 44th short You Nazty Spy was released. As, I noted, best anyone knows, the first of what would become a bit of an industry.Don't know why I find myself thinking of Alec Baldwin... … [Read more...]

Fascism as Farce: A Small Meditation on Donald Trump & a Problem for the American People

Trying to put my finger on the rise of Donald Trump has been difficult. He’s not Hitler. He’s not Mussolini. He’s a lot like Silvio Berlusconi. But, not quite. He is something of an American original.I find two quotes come to mind when I think of Mr Trump and his campaign. The first from Sinclair Lewis, “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.” The other from old Karl Marx, not someone I usually cite, but. “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, … [Read more...]