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Reagan had Alzheimer’s in 1984 & we elected him anyway

Summary: While we watch the debates and judge the candidates’ style, we tend to miss the serious content. Like Romney’s contempt for us, seen in his serial lies. That’s a long tradition in America, going back to Reagan’s first debate in the 1984 election. We not only ignored his signs of early Alzheimer’s, but elected …

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The presidential debates are performance art. They’re Kabuki.

Summary: The presidential debates reveal little about the candidates, much about our political system, and everything about us as citizens. Part one of two. See part two: A reminder that debates are fun, not politics: Reagan had Alzheimer’s in 1984 and we didn’t notice. The Presidential debates display in pure form the nature of our …

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Successful propaganda as a characteristic of 21st century America

Introduction:  This is the first in a series of dashed off speculative opinions.  Normal procedure on the FM website for these topics would be 3 thousand word posts, supported by dozens of links.  I dont’ have the time to finish them, and too many of these outlines have accumulated in my drafts file.  Perhaps these will spark useful debate …

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A report card for the Republic: are we still capable of self-government?

The salons of our Versailles-on-the-Potomac ring with gossip about the election.  Every day brings exciting news… about Michelle’s and Cindy’s dresses, changes in the lineups of each team’s gladiators, the daily score of money raised, and new fantasies about the “true” values and beliefs of each candidate. Listening to this bustle, I wonder if we remain capable of self-government?  Or, like the Romans of the …

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