Leaders Laugh But Should Also Fight

Last weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner was the usual celebrity circus mixed with barbed humor. Unlike his predecessor George W. Bush, who was the subject of nasty attacks by comedians hosting the show, Barack Obama had no such worries. Moreover, with the help of his media team, he produced another genuinely humorous speech in which he skewered opponents. This one will be best remembered for the comic video in which he ponders his post presidential future. The video co-starred a former adversary who has already retired, former House Speaker John Boehner, who jokes with Obama about the pleasures of retirement and even tempts the president with a cigarette.

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Leaders Laugh But Should Also Fight

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When Trump fights on values, he wins.

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More than just Trump.

On Thursday, George W. Bush delivered a speech at the “Spirit of Liberty: At Home, In The World” event in New York City. Headlines are touting the speech as an attack on Trumpism. That’s accurate, so far as it goes. But it’s clear from Bush’s words that he was aiming for (and achieved) something loftier than yet another complaint about the 45th president. Bush was making the case against the pervasive discontent that’s driven many citizens throughout the Democratic West to a politics of grievance and revenge. Trumpism is but one example.

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The Danger of the Me Too Campaign

Denunciations.

Silence, Wordsworth wrote, “is a privilege of the grave, a right of the departed. Let him, therefore, who infringes that right by speaking publicly of, for, or against, those who cannot speak for themselves, take heed that he opens not his mouth without a sufficient sanction.”

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Fake News Will Never Die

A problem with no solution.

Though it’s certainly the worst Photoshop job I have ever seen, a provocative image making the rounds on social media also helps demonstrate why the fight against “fake news” is unwinnable.

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