Trump’s Malignant Normality And The Historical Precursors

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by Tony Wyman Malignant Normality and the rise of Donald Trump The effect of Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States has been to create a state of what Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, psychiatrist and author of studies on the psychological effects of war and political violence, calls “malignant normality.” We’ve seen, over the period that Mr. Trump has maintained his position of prominence on the American stage, a gradual and begrudging acceptance of the president’s crude and belligerent treatment of others, from foreign leaders to fellow Americans,…

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Trump’s Ethnic Nationalism is Not the Same as Reagan’s Civic Nationalism

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by Tony Wyman Trump’s Ethnic Nationalism America’s last nationalist president was Ronald Reagan, but there was a stark difference between the nationalism of the country’s 40th and 45th presidents. In 1980, when the country elected Ronald Reagan president by a 51% to 41% margin, America was reeling from the failures of the Carter Administration. Soaring unemployment, the humiliation of the Iranian hostage crisis and the resultant military catastrophe during our attempt to rescue them, the decline in American prestige around the world and an overarching sense of pessimism about the…

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The Next Few Days Will Be Pivotal in Catalonia’s Bid for Independence

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by Tony Wyman Catalonia’s bid for independence Following days of protests, riots and violent scuffles with police trying to disrupt the vote, Catalonians overwhelmingly said “yes” to a referendum demanding independence for the region found in the eastern portion of the Iberian Peninsula. Casting nearly 2.2 million votes, 91.96% supported the move to independence.  But with fewer than 43% of registered voters casting a ballot, Spaniards opposed to Catalonian independence cried foul.  They claimed the vote was illegal and backed the government’s attempt to shut it down. King Felipe VI,…

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Cincinnati Is Becoming A Soccer Powerhouse In The Middle Of Football and Baseball Country

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by Tony Wyman   Cincinnati – Soccer Powerhouse It isn’t unusual to see the U.S. Women’s National Team, arguably America’s favorite soccer team, fill the stands wherever they play.  So it wasn’t shocking when 30,529 people filled the seats at the University of Cincinnati’s venerable Nippert Stadium to watch the United States, led by Alex Morgan and Cincinnati native Rose LaVelle, crush the New Zealand team, 5-0.  On a Tuesday night.  During the school year.  When the city had been pelted by rain, lightning and thunderstorms all day.  And when…

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New Premier League Transfer Window Deadline Has Critics In Pro Soccer World Concerned

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by Tony Wyman After spending a record amount on transfers this season – £1.4 billion, up 23% from last year – teams in England’s Premier League voted fourteen to five, with one abstention, to shorten the transfer window next year by three weeks. Each season, professional soccer teams are able to buy and sell players during two periods, called “windows.” The first window opens before the season begins and ends on the last day in August for most leagues.  The second one opens on January 1 and ends on the…

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Are We Just Putting Off The Inevitable In Afghanistan?

An Australian service light armored vehicle drives through Tangi Valley, Afghanistan, March 29. The terrain of Tangi Valley is notoriously rough, but the ASLAV maneuvers across it with ease, said Australian army Lt. McLeod Wood, a troop leader for 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Mentoring Task Force 2, Combined Team Uruzgan.

by Tony Wyman After campaigning on the pledge to pull all American troops from Afghanistan, President Trump reversed course in August and announced a new plan that, essentially, continued President Obama‘s strategy, with one major change. That change, putting pressure on the Taliban‘s sponsor, Pakistan, is a major course correction from the Obama Administration’s failed strategy that allowed the Taliban to resurge in the mountainous country. But will it succeed? In the president’s first major foreign policy address of his time in office, delivered on August 21, he committed the…

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Laws Targeting Drug Dealers Have Bipartisan Support, But Will They Work?

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by Tony Wyman A new law proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to charge drug dealers with manslaughter when the drugs they sell kill the user has strong support from many who see the state’s opiod crisis as one of the biggest threats facing the Commonwealth. But the bill has some skeptics who think increased jail time has little or no impact on drug abuse. If the law goes into effect, drug dealers responsible for the deaths of users would face a minimum sentence of five years in a state…

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Confederate Statues: Monuments to Heroes or Memorials to a Failed Past?

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By Tony Wyman   Confederate Statues, Monuments, Memorials Arthur Danto, the American art critic and philosopher, once defined the difference between a “monument” and a “memorial,” this way, “We erect monuments so that we shall always remember, and build memorials so that we shall never forget.” Monuments, he said, “commemorate the memorable and embody the myths of beginnings. Memorials ritualize remembrance and mark the reality of ends.” So, what are the roughly 700 Confederate Civil War statues erected around the country?  Are they monuments embodying the “myths of beginnings,” or…

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The Alt-Right Is Threatening Southern Heritage

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by Tony Wyman The people of the South are a patriotic and proud folk, as passionate in the defense of their heritage as they are in defense of the United States.   They have good reason to be proud of their heritage. The South has produced some of the greatest Americans in history. George Washington, the nation’s first and perhaps greatest president, was born in the southern state of Virginia. He not only led a rag tag army of poorly-supplied, poorly-trained troops against the greatest army in the world at the…

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Trump Has Trapped Himself In A Corner Over North Korea

by Tony Wyman When President Trump told the world that any further threatening acts by North Korea would be met by “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” he backed himself into a corner from which he has no escape without either losing credibility or engaging in a war that the American people don’t want to fight. The North Koreans, recognizing President Trump’s blunder, immediately responded with detailed plans to launch four missiles over Japan to strike American military bases in Guam, a U.S. territory. “As already clarified,…

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