Plague, disaster, and scandal

It often seemed over the last four years that with so much media attention focused on Donald Trump’s daily outrages, there was little oxygen left for more normal types of political scandal. But the coronavirus and the monster winter storm which recently battered the United States have left many state governors trapped in a quagmireContinue reading “Plague, disaster, and scandal”

American exceptionalism

Americans have always liked to believe that their country is special – or, as the phrase goes, exceptional. And as a consequence of believing that their country is exceptional, many Americans have also believed that it has a uniquely uplifting and moral role to play in international affairs. But in Donald Trump, America has had aContinue reading “American exceptionalism”