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Friday, November 18, 2016

EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE

Later this morning, Susie and I will go to DC to have dinner with my big sister, Barbara, and my son, Tobias, who is driving down from Philadelphia for the occasion.  We will fly into Washington National Airport, which was renamed Reagan National in memory of the late and utterly unlamented fortieth President.  I have in the past primly refused to call the airport by its proper name, imagining thereby that I was striking a tiny blow for truth, justice, and the American way.  This time, I reflected ruefully that I had been wrong to consider that B actor suffering from early signs of dementia to be the worst person I would ever see in the White House.  If I were a good deal younger and gifted with the ability to write History, I might try my hand at a multi-volume work tentatively entitled The Decline and Fall of the American Empire.

3 comments:

TheDudeDiogenes said...

I recall comparisons, while in high school, of the US to Rome right before its fall. I'm 34 now, and those comparisons, along with comparisons to Weimar Germany, only seem more apt. I have a feeling that, if humanity is still around, and history is still written, in 500 years, the book you suggest very likely would feature Reagan (and Presidents W. Bush and Trump) as major figures contributing to the decline and fall.

David Palmeter said...

Say hello to Barbara for me. We miss her at OLLI.

howie said...

Just wait for Trump to nominate a horse as his secretary of agriculture