Sour Grapes

Trump’s no Teddy.  Not only will the Trump coalition be way too old to facilitate another run in 2024, his departure from the Inaugural stage won’t be missed. And besides this is one time when he don’t be a first.  Former President Theodore Roosevelt’s way of dealing with conflict was to take off to other conflicts.  

The known eugenicists ran off the stage during President William Howard Taft’s Inaugural Address.  He supposedly had to run off to Africa before was sworn in.

Where Trump and Teddy do see eye to eye is their white nationalism, white supremacy, with Roosevelt’s supported by a very strong platform of eugenics.  Eugenics is so strong in the United States that the Nazi’s had to get schooled in it.  I relied on Daniel Kevles work on eugenics in my book on the medical history of disability in Crippled Justice. 

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These posts reflect my original interest in American politics, history and political theory broadly cast. I’m interested in exploring the nexus between American Political Development (APD) and American Political Thought (APT) as well as American Studies and Africana Studies or all regional “studies,” including working with Gajo Petrovic a leader in Praxis published in the former Yugoslavia.

This was the reason I stayed in politics for my Ph.D. rather than leaving for law school, history, sociology or business school as faculty kept trying to convince me to do in undergraduate and graduate school after spending a gap year reading Heidegger’s Being and Time with University of Zagreb philosophy professor Gajo Petrovic, who spent time at IAS and working with the author of the former Yugoslavian Constitution, the one that stuck — written in the 1970s.  The latter scholar attended the Sorbonne in the 1930s and ended his career as the Dean of the best law school in Belgrade.  In the 1980s the Fulbright funded his scholarship on Jefferson at Claremont Graduate School.  I worked with him for my B.A. thesis on Marx, existentialism, phenomenology and Yugoslavian self-management supervised by Claremont Men’s College’s public law professor Winston Fisk.

Five Minutes of Freedom Ain’t For Free

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 4.01.51 PM.pngWatch the 5.08 visual version of Jennifer Lopez Singing for Hillary Clinton

While I don’t like wading through advertisements, this version is the best song for Hillary Clinton, the General whose fighting the GOP’s War against Women, now waged by Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.