Thursday, December 21, 2017

Topline: The Anti-Anti-Trumpers

Life is busy and filled with distractions. We wanted to make sure you saw these articles about the pressing issues facing our country.

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Life is busy and filled with distractions. We wanted to make sure you saw these articles about the pressing issues facing our country.

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The GOP Civil War 
The Atlantic — Dec. 19, 2017
David Frum confronts what has essentially become an anti-anti-Trump faction of the GOP — those who are unable to defend the president, but are perfectly willing to attack those who attack him. Frum points out that the conservatism these critics see themselves as defending is changing, perhaps irrevocably, and that actions taken by the president must be considered in the context of the overall forest fire that is his presidency.


Equity by Force 
Quillette — Dec. 18, 2017
An essay in Quillette breaks down some of the factors contributing to recent campus protests at Evergreen State University. The upheavals garnered international headlines, primarily marveling at the consistent capitulation of the administration to increasingly unreasonable student demands. Tribalism and group hatred have no place in a democratic society, regardless of their ideological sources.


Hail Caesar? 
Lawfare — Dec. 17, 2017
Lawfare takes a look at the changing relationship between the military and civilian leadership in American democracy. The military is now the most trusted public institution in America, and the president loves to surround himself with generals to use that legitimacy to bolster his own. Yet, as Raphael Cohen warns, we should consider the consequences of increased military visibility in civilian administrative roles.

China’s Senator 
The Washington Post — Dec. 17, 2017
Senator Steve Daines has been particularly cozy with China, and the Washington Post analyzes the rationale behind this odd relationship. This particular example is a good case study for how authoritarian regimes can influence individual legislators in an open society like our own, and how our leadership may be susceptible to manipulation by foreign powers in the future.

The Investigation  

Prepping the Battlefield 
Politico — Dec. 19, 2017
Rumors have been swirling about a possible move against the Mueller investigation, and the president – not exactly known for his honesty - recently sought to head them off by directly denying any intention to fire the special counsel. However, the intent of the campaign to delegitimize the investigation might also be to prime the Trump base to reject its findings entirely, and to put their faith unquestioningly in their leader.


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