. . . 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.
. . . 1972, and Texas returned the favor, with 2.3 million votes for Richard Milhous Nixon and 1.2 for George Stanley McGovern, precursor of the progressivism of today's national party.
Yet Democrats, the traditional party of 20th-century one-party Texas, easily swept statewide elections. Uvalde rancher Dolph Briscoe was elected governor after having dispatched a red hot McGovernite progressive -- Frances "Sissy" Farenthold -- in the Democratic primary. This bit from his excellent 2008 memoir recalls the political dynamics of that volatile year.
I went to the national convention in Miami as an uncommitted delegate, but I also was a vigorous opponent of Senator McGovern's candidacy. I opposed McGovern for several reasons. I was upset by . . .
. . . for presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama posted a Cuban -- not an American -- flag on the wall. Superimposed on the flag was the iconic image of mass murderer Ernesto Guevara, "Che" to his admirers in dorm rooms, faculty lounges, taxpayer-financed offices of Acorn and other "community" organizations, and other hard-left precincts.
For the Obama campaign, this visual gaffe was a problem. The candidate's hard-left ideology was to be gauzed over, not boldly advertised. The truth had to be . . .
THESE BRING their own rich rewards. But they do keep me from the satisfaction of writing each day about the things that interest me. And, necessarily, keep you from the enlightenment that would follow from your visits to "Unca Darrell."
Today, however, inspiration drives me yet again to the dusty keyboard, not to share my own musings but to point to the quite brilliant and painfully true musings of another. I serve today as James Boswell for the Samuel Johnson of our very own place and time, namely . . .