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Frank Capra, Robert Riskin and “Meet John Doe” Attacks American Fascism

One of my favorite filmmakers is the 1930s and 1940s American director Frank Capra. When I first watched his movies, I initially assumed Capra was a liberal. Frank Capra, though, was actually a conservative Republican. But during the 1930s he … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and American Freedom

A speech that encapsulates my feelings towards this country is one that Frederick Douglass delivered in honor of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1876. Frederick Douglass saw in Lincoln the qualities that he saw America: a man of flaws who … Continue reading

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Groupthink, Cults and the Republican Party

When it comes to political leaders, I’ll support them when I agree with them on an issue, oppose them when I disagree with them on an issue. I’m that way with a Democratic leader or a Republican leader. I don’t … Continue reading

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Donald Trump, Lee Atwater and the Politics of Personal Attack

Watching the second Presidential debate was a very depressing experience. Trump’s campaign for the entire election season has been a mean spirited affair based on personal attacks with little policy specifics. He said John McCain wasn’t a war hero. He … Continue reading

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