A week ago I reflected on then President-elect Trump's attack on Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). And I wondered if Trump could change the political game and de-energize America's third rail on race.
Then I got an email from a reader, Brad, who wondered whether we could get the warriors of race politics like the SPLC to stand down and recognize the real terror threat, or whether we are in for a "quiet civil war" that the left has already half won.
Can President Trump change this tune? Well, he is certainly trying.
The whole point about politics is that it is a fight between Us and Them. The only question is, who is to be "Us" and who is to be "Them?" That is all.
For the last few decades, politics in the US has been the identity politics about the privileged white majority versus the underprivileged minorities and women and LGBTs.
Now Trump is proposing to change it into a populist politics of the people versus the powerful. That is what his inaugural speech was about: the many versus the few. Also, he proposed the idea of America First. So he is promoting the idea of the American nation versus the rest of the world: nationalism.
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What went wrong in the nightmare of the Great Depression? For ten long years, American was stuck on stupid.
We all know about TARP at $700 billion and change. But did you know that the total financial bailout of 2008, in spending and guarantees, amounted to over $20 trillion?