Category Archives: Memorable Words and Descriptions

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Globalism and Nationalism: Truman and Trump

“The future does not belong to globalists. The future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to strong, independent nations.” —Donald Trump st the UN, September 24, 2019 Does Trump not know that nationalism gave us two ghastly world wars that … Continue reading

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Martin Niemöller’s Warning: Is It Time To Speak Out?.

A Cautionary Tale From Nazi Times “First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I was not … Continue reading

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Democratic Leaders and Tyrants: The Main Difference

Abraham Lincoln on Democratic Leadership  “Men moving only in an official circle are apt to become merely official, not to say arbitrary, in their ideas, and are apter and apter, with each passing day, to forget that they only hold … Continue reading

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Philip Roth on Donald Trump

A Frightening Truth The famed novelist Philip Roth died in May of this year at the age of 85. Not long before his death Roth wrote an email in which he described his fear of Donald Trump: “What is most … Continue reading

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A Poem Public Speakers Can Use: “The Chambered Nautilus”

Here are two stanzas from “The Chambered Nautilus” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. I learned lines from this splendid poem in high school, in particular the phrase “Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul.” And I’ve never forgotten its imagery … Continue reading

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Cruel But Hilarious Review

The NMS (New Musical Express) review of “Wuthering Heights” by Kate Bush: The English singer has “a voice not unlike that of a newly neutered cat letting the world know of its predicament.”

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What Poetry Is And Does

“Poetry will not be rushed, is multifaceted, can be plain or mysterious, looks beneath surfaces, ponders things grand and mundane, finds and expresses itself in rhythms and cadences, quickens the imagination, seeks to please the eye and the ear and … Continue reading

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Martin Amis on Donald Trump

Trump’s defining asset is “a crocodilian nose for inert or moribund prey…Trump can sense when an entity is no longer strong enough or lithe enough to escape predation.” NYRB: 9-27, 2018

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