. . . Donald John Trump in his acceptance speech. In context, “No one knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.”
Okay, class, for your mid-term examination, reconcile this statement with:
The theory of limited government embodied in . . .
. . . the United States Constitution, as expressed through the tri-partite structure of the federal government and the shared sovereignty of the federal-state system. Pay particular attention to the word alone.
Classic principles of liberalism (in the good sense of the word), with particular emphasis on consent of the governed and the rule of law.
Reaganism, with particular emphasis on the question of whether government is the principal engine of human advancement, a barrier to human advancement, or something in between.
Any concept of mental health you may wish to define and advocate, with particular emphasis on whether this statement is better evidence of healthy self-confidence or narcissistic personality disorder.
Barack Hussein Obama, with a comparison a Mr. Trump's and Mr. Obama's theories of presidential power.
GARY EDWARD KEILLOR, who adopted the fancy-pants name "Garrison," taped his last "Prairie Home Companion" last night in Hollywood. It will be broadcast in Houston today in its usual spot, late this afternoon on public radio.
Mr. Keillor is a gifted man, no doubt. Thought he's four years too old to be a Baby Boomer, himself, he spoke for the boomer generation with . . .
I'm honored that you stop by occasionally to read Unca Darrell. And I deeply regret that I have posted very little in recent days. Believe me, as Mr. Trump is fond of saying, tiny right hand chopping the air, index finger aloft -- Believe me, I'm sitting on a bunch of really good stuff. Absolutely first class stuff. The best stuff ever. Everybody says so. But life is more important than blogging, and I have reached a point where . . .
. . . few cases of election fraud are ever taken to court.
They're right. Election fraud is hard to prove. It's easy, perhaps, to make a case against the homeless man who, for a Big Mac, votes a dead man's ballot. It's next to impossible, however, to identify and prosecute the top-tier political organizer who was responsible for the fraud, usually protected -- like a drug lord -- with several layers of lower-level cutouts.
Who would take investigators and prosecutors off murder and property theft cases to chase shadowy figures who steal nothing more tangible than elections and murder nothing more consequential than the integrity of democracy itself? Very few, as it turns out.
The rarity of criminal cases is not, however, evidence of the rarity of election fraud. We know this because . . .
UNCA D is an unrepentant declinist. I believe the United States has made a potentially irreversible u-turn away from the values, institutions, and processes that have made it such a good and remarkable place. Read my old blogs for facts and arguments.
Now come two public thinkers of considerable consequence to argue "the case for global optimism." The writers are . . .