Calvin and Hobbes are well known names, although mostly because of the celebrated comic strip figures who bear them, and not because of the historical personages whose names they bear. In history, Calvin and Hobbes are two of the most dour and forbidding thinkers of early modern European history. John Calvin (1509–64) was a major theologian and church leader of the Protestant Reformation; Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) was the founder of modern political philosophy, and of modern political realism, if not radicalism.
I confess a fondness for both of them, not because I agree with them, but because...
The recent revelation that President Trump may have disregarded intelligence reports that Russia had offered a bounty on American soldiers has led the veterans’ group VoteVets to compare him to the notorious traitor Benedict Arnold. While Arnold is generally used as a generic caricature for treason, the comparison is actually apt in many ways, an insult to Arnold in others, and a cautionary tale for all of us.
Like Trump, Arnold was extremely full of himself. While not so overtly narcissistic as Trump, Arnold was confident in his abilities and felt destined for greatness. His early career was...
When candidate Donald Trump promised Americans that if he were elected they would be “so tired of winning” that they’d need a break, that America would be tops in the world in all ways, we’re certain he didn’t mean in the ways America is now leading the world.
Let’s count a few of the ways, starting with the novel coronavirus:
• Yep, America is top in the world. Not only do we lead the world in number of deaths from the virus (117,858 as of June 15 and 119,132 the next day), but we have more than a quarter of the world’s total deaths. We’re not only “winning” that dubious category, we’re...
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the handbook used by psychiatric professionals in the U.S. and throughout the world as the authoritative guide to diagnosis of mental disorders. Although the manual is used by professionals, you do not have to be a professional to use it. The DSM is written in plain English language and contains simple descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders.
One category of mental disorder is called Personality Disorder and one type of Personality Disorder is called Narcissistic Personality Disorder. DSM...
Donald Trump is a failed president. Americans are facing the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918, and the worst civil unrest and protests since the riots of the late 1960s. It is no coincidence that these three calamities have occurred under Trump’s caustic leadership, abysmal ignorance and deeply flawed character.
And rather than even try to unite the nation, Trump’s reaction is to lead Americans in a war against each other. The question of the day is whether Republicans would follow Trump if he called out the troops against...
While governors, health care workers, first-responders, essential businesses and many others have rolled up their sleeves to help Americans meet the Covid-19 pandemic as adeptly as they can, President Trump continues to undermine the nation’s efforts to reduce the number of American fatalities or to put the appropriate measures in place to get the economy re-opened.
To see Trump’s failings so blatantly is to truly understand how incapable he is for the office he holds.
Consider that just this week:
• He lashes out in a coronavirus meeting on Monday that he’s going to reopen the nation’s...
The contrast between Vermont Gov. Phil Scott’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the nation’s bone-headed, flip-flopping, golf-playing, all-about-me president, Mr. Trump, is night and day.
From the get-go, Gov. Scott was communicative to the public; respectful but firm and informative. He took deliberate actions, clearly articulated the severity of the crisis and the way forward, and took the painful but necessary steps to shut down the economy as needed to avoid overwhelming our hospitals and saving lives. So far, praise be, Vermont seems to have a reasonable handle on the pandemic...
I am a dad. I am a protector of my family and loved ones. I cannot stand bullies. I try to look at all sides of the issue before I render a decision. I am neither Republican nor a Democrat. However, I do tend to side more towards the Democratic philosophy.
After, seeing 52 Republican senators acquit a man who clearly committed crimes, who voted against the majority of Americans, I am disgusted with all these cowards. It has been said all over social media and other media venues the present Republican Party has turned into the Cult of Trump.
I have friends, relatives and loved ones who...
The 2020 presidential election is Bernie Sander’s to lose. By this I do not mean that I expect Sanders’s to be the Democratic candidate opposing Donald Trump in November. It will certainly be Joe Biden.
But unless Sanders and his cohort of Bernie Bros abandon their fantasies of a political revolution and unite with moderate Democrats and even some Republicans to defeat Donald Trump, Trump will be reelected. And the consequences of another four years of Trump in the White House are too terrifying to contemplate.
But to prevent this, Sanders must cease his quixotic contests against all...
Super Tuesday was exciting, shocking politics. Vice President Joe Biden’s surge from his seemingly moribund campaign prior to Saturday’s South Carolina’s blow-out to Tuesday’s victory in 9 of 14 states, many of which he had no ground game or advertising presence, was a stunning reversal of fortune for Biden and his chief opponent, Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Why Biden was able to make up so much ground on Sanders’s apparent lead going into Tuesday’s primaries has been the subject of endless political punditry since results came into focus around midnight Tuesday. That Sen. Amy Klobuchar...