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Of the People, By the People, For the People

Alan Zendell, May 27, 2022, Abraham Lincoln thus defined democratic government. The concept and the images it evoked were the central ideas of his political philosophy, to which he often returned, most notably in closing his Gettysburg Address: “we here … Continue reading

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The Unraveling of Democracy

Alan Zendell, May 5, 2022 The heart of any democratic society is its judicial system and free elections. The extreme right wing of the Republican party has made it clear that it has no respect for either as democratic institutions. … Continue reading

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The Disgrace of the Senate’s Acquittal

Alan Zendell, February 13, 2021 Yesterday was Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. I remember when February 12th was a national holiday except for a few southern states. HBO remembered, and they’ve been showing the 2012 film Lincoln wherein Daniel Day-Lewis brought Lincoln … Continue reading

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The Trump-Biden Debates

Alan Zendell, September 18, 2020 The Biden-Trump debates, the first of which occurs nine days from now, will not be as eloquent or long-winded as the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, but they will be equally momentous. They will also be … Continue reading

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Trump’s Bad Press

Alan Zendell, May 5, 2020 Donald Trump may be right that Abraham Lincoln got better press than he did, despite Lincoln taking a principled stand that alienated half the country and resulted in the Civil War. Not that the Civil … Continue reading

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We’re Still Fighting the Civil War

Alan Zendell, December 15, 2019 It’s been 154 years since the Civil War ended – or has it? In 2008, I naively interpreted Barrack Obama’s victory to mean we had finally outgrown the hatred and prejudice that grew out of … Continue reading

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Legacies: McCain and Trump

Alan Zendell, September 1, 2018 When I started this blog the first thing I wrote was its dedication “to preserving what has made America great.” That wasn’t intended to be overly subtle. Donald Trump, with a matchless talent for unearthing … Continue reading

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Stewart and Ocasio

Alan Zendell, June 29, 2018 For nearly a decade, Stephen Colbert played a whacked-out, ultra-conservative TV host, but when he took over The Late Show from David Letterman in September of 2015, shortly after Donald Trump announced that he was … Continue reading

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