Columnist George Will is among the very few Republicans who have not capitulated to Donald Trump, our anything-but-conservative president:
Stephen Kinzer’s essay in this morning’s Boston Globe states the obvious (which goes unnoticed): “Giving one individual the power to set off nuclear war would have been abhorrent to the framers of our Constitution.” Such concentration of power is the definition of tyranny.
In a letter to Financial Times, John O’Byrne of , Dublin, Ireland quotes from Oscar Wilde’s essay, “The Decay of Lying,” delivering a left-handed compliment to President Trump, who has done so much to revive the art: “The true liar” can be recognised by his “frank, fearless statements, his superb irresponsibility, his healthy, natural disdain of proof of any kind! After all, what is a fine lie? Simply that which is its own evidence. If a man is sufficiently unimaginative to produce evidence in support of a lie, he might as well speak the truth at once.”
Stephen Greenblatt’s terrific essay in The New York Times Sunday Review is a rare instance of news that stays news.
Here’s a poem that I honestly considered overwrought when Rhina brought it to The Powow River Poetry Workshop many months ago, because who then could have believed that Donald Trump’s campaign would ever gain any traction? The poem sounds a lot wiser now. Thanks to Micah Mattix, editor of Prufrock, for sending out this link to “After the Rally” by Rhina Espaillat, originally published in The Hudson Review.