Mike Lofgren

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Trump’s removal from office is only the first step. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Damnatio Memoriae: The First Step to Recovery in a Post-Trump America
“After Domitian’s death the senate appointed Nerva to rule and it condemned Domitian’s memory (damnatio memoriae)”—Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. III In a previous piece , I proposed ways in which Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden could limit the sabotage and...
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President Donald Trump listens to Attorney General William Barr during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the west front of the Capitol May 15, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
A Modest Proposal to Prevent Sabotage by the Trump Regime
For complex historical reasons, Federal employees don’t get much love. Republicans already had begun their war on expertise nearly 90 years ago, when they condemned the New Deal for being run by distant bureaucrats. Joseph McCarthy made a career accusing those bureaucrats of being Soviet spies...
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It is difficult not to conclude that for at least several decades, the Silent and Baby Boom generations have sat atop the rest of society like a monstrous stone idol that demands worshipping. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 25, 2020
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Peril of America's Aging Elite
“The graveyards are full of indispensable men,” Charles de Gaulle is reputed to have said. Despite the mordant wisdom most of us see in that statement, an alarming number of people refuse to follow his implicit advice. Many of us, particularly in America, the land of rugged individualism, see...
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"As if to prove that in the Trump era the wildest parody never matches real life, a tweet proclaiming his patriotism from the very opening stages of his presidential candidacy in 2015 also included an image to identify himself with the flag and the military," writes Lofgren. "The image is blurry, but unmistakable: soldiers of Hitler’s Waffen-SS." (Photo: Twitter) Views
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Trump Supports the Troops, Alright!
Since the campus anti-Vietnam war disturbances of the 1960s and 70s, Republicans have pretty much owned the whole patriotic magilla, including support of our troops. In the last four years, that reputation has come in for a few lumps, what with a Republican president calling American war dead...
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President Donald Trump holds a press conference announcing Vice President Mike Pence will lead the effort combating the spread of the coronavirus in Washington, D.C. on February 26, 2020. (Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Is Trump a Murderer?
A consistent rule of the Trump presidency is that no matter the subject, the retrospective evidence will demonstrate that Donald Trump’s actions, and those of his appointees, were more twisted and criminal than the previous speculations of his bitterest critics. This phenomenon may spring from what...
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The Warren Commission presents its Report to U.S. President Lyndon Johnson, White House, Washington, D.C. on September 24, 1964. Views
Saturday, August 22, 2020
A Commission to Investigate Presidential Crimes is a Terrible Idea
On August 15, Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California proposed , through the medium of (what else?) Twitter, that after the election a “Presidential Crimes Commission” should be created to investigate the manifold derelictions of Donald J. Trump, including “[s]abotaging the mail to...
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Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) enters a Senators Only elevator before attending the Weekly Senate Policy Luncheon on June 25, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 07, 2020
Remind Me, What Was the Civil War About, Anyway?
Remember the good old days? That’s when neo-Confederates (who of course never called themselves that; they were just defending their “heritage”) passionately argued that the American Civil War was emphatically not about slavery. Rather, it concerned issues of principle involving states’ rights, or...
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Former National security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence before the start of a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 03, 2020
Don't Let the Corruption of the Powerless Bring Down the Democrats
“You may not be interested in ideology, but ideology is interested in you.” I have taken a bit of liberty with a quote widely attributed to Lev Trotsky—he actually is supposed to have said that about the “dialectic,” but it’s a two-dollar word that’s almost meaningless in everyday English, so I’ve...
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U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a reporter's question during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes, in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States is closing in on 100,000 deaths in less than four months caused by the coronavirus. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Beware Donald Trump's Electoral Cleansing
On May 26, as the U.S. coronavirus death toll passed 100,000, former Bush speechwriter and NeverTrumper David Frum appeared on a cable news show and made a stunning pronouncement about Donald Trump and his handling of the pandemic. If correct, Frum didn’t merely echo all the armchair psychiatry we’...
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Saturday, May 09, 2020
"Reopen the Economy": the Republicans' Nero Decree
The New York Times’ columnist Paul Krugman is one of the few fixtures of the major prestige media honest enough to forthrightly explain why there should be no “controversy” (a word beloved of journalists) about Republican policies. These policies are not just mistaken, nor are they something about...
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