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In spite of its pretensions and brief, tantalizing flashes of insight, Hillbilly Elegy never quite tackles such dangerous questions head-on, so the interested reader must look elsewhere.
It is often said that our nation’s social-engineering laws are for the most part well intentioned, and that only in their local application do they seem to pander so brazenly to the obsessed or the lunatic.
One symptom of decline and confusion at the end of an age is the prevalent misuse of terms, of designations that have been losing their meanings and are thus no longer real. One such term is public opinion.
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While the bathroom debate is a skirmish in the culture war, Trump's solution—send the issue back to the states and the people there to work it out—may point the way to a truce—assuming Americans still want a truce.
The real question is whether Trump can resist the straitjacket which the Russophobic, NATO-for-ever “foreign policy community” has been hewing for him ever since last November 8.
Forget what they taught you in civics class, the deep state is the real power in Washington, and as recent events bear out, it is pulling out all the stops to reverse the presidential election results and overthrow Trump.
As he completes his third week in office Donald Trump has already stunned the world with his “shock and awe” campaign to keep promises made when he was a candidate. The mere fact of a politician doing what he said he would do seems to have unsettled the nerves of his opponents.