Trump as George Wallace, & a threat to our democracy; Reagan on war refugees; Charlie Brown Christmas & that awesome jazz soundtrack

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The Atlantic uses history to explain what we mean when we label Trump a “demagogue.” Is he a prime example of what leads to the destruction of democracy??  “As Alexander Hamilton, summoning his reading of history and human nature, warned: “Of those men who have overturned the liberty of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by playing an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants.”

Is Trump of today the George Wallace of 1972? There are obviously a lot of parallels, both appealing to less well educated masses, offering few specifics, holding retrograde social views, and becoming thorns in the sides of their respective parties.  Will Trump have the same impact on the Republican party that Wallace had on the Democrats?

Because of Trump’s insanity, there has been a lot of talk lately about Japanese internment during WWII. Here’s an interesting interview with a man that was a victim of that infamous wartime policy here in the U.S. He expresses fear that we are about to go down a similar path (and with Trump’s poll numbers surging again, why shouldn’t he feel that way?)

Most Republicans still claim to revere Ronald Reagan. So it might be a good thing if today’s GOP leaders and voters asked themselves “what would Reagan do” in regards to the Syrian refugee situation. We only need to look at his presidency for a clue. As this historian argues, “Bottom line, the Gipper’s version of America welcomed these ‘boat people.'”

And now for something completely different . . .

For my Christmas-season posting: today is the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Smithsonian has an interesting piece about its production and how CBS thought they had a major flop on their hands when they were set to broadcast it for the first time. Meanwhile, Rolling Stone focuses on the awesome jazz soundtrack that helped smooth over much of the show’s weaknesses. MERRY CHRISTMAS, CHARLIE BROWN!

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