What defines the United States of America?
The first thing that comes to mind is freedom. Americans believe that every human being is born with a right to be free. Freedom is very much defined by an ability to speak freely, worship freely, and become all you can be without interference from government.
Another thing that has defined us is a belief in the productive potential of each individual… More…
Democrats view Trump as Hitler. Republicans view Hillary as Satan.
Nuance is lacking in this crass age. So is an educated citizenry, as you can see in the video above.
Students at Texas Tech University were asked three questions by a roving interviewer:
Who won the Civil War.
Who is the Vice President of the United States.
From whom did we gain our independence from?
Almost none knew the answers to any of these basic questions. It is fair to claim that I cannot imagine any member of the Baby Boom Generation, of which I am a member, not knowing the answers to any of these questions … from sixth grade on. More…
This presidential campaign reminds me of “Easter Parade” in a perverse way.
“East Parade” was the hit 1948 movie starring the great Fred Astaire and Judy Garland. The plot is straight forward: Fred Astaire has a dancing partner who leaves the act to go solo. They also had a romantic relationship, so Fred is feeling doubly rejected. To get back at her, he boasts that he could pull any girl off of the chorus line and turn her into a star with his sheer star power.
The girl he pulls out of the chorus line is none other than Judy Garland. The duo sputters at first because Fred isn’t letting Judy be Judy. He tries to force her to fit the mold of his previous partner.
However, once he lets Judy be Judy, the act gels and they make it big… More…