A toss of the hat to Hidden Causes, Visible Effects
I’ve been spinning wheels here trying to draft coherent thoughts on the inexplicable year 2016. My earliest election year memories extend to 1956 television: watching people in suits holding a sign with the word Connecticut, someone being handed the microphone and booming out an exact count ‘for the right honorable Carey Estes Kefauver.’
It’s fourteen leap-years later, but I recall none that parallel even the first five months of 2016.
So, citing a fellow traveler who recalls at least as many election years as I:
“One doesn’t have to be particularly observant to notice that we have entered dangerous territory in our public realm. The fact that the Republican Party will nominate a man who makes openly racist appeals, attacks by name and ethnic background a judge presiding over a case in which his business is a party (in a money case, not even a matter of judicial philosophy), insists that as President he will cut back press protections and “have people sue you like you never get sued before,” refuses to rule out first strike use of nuclear weapons, flirt with authoritarians and dictators, ridicules the disabled, women, protestors…”
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Now that I have stood upon another pair of shoulders I will continue to laze-out, taking just the time to pose a trivia question, which of the Chicago 7/Chicago 8 was a University of Cincinnati alumnus, later to become a stock-market revolutionary? Hint below.
Just for the record, the answer to this trivia question does not help explain 2016. So I shall go back to drawing straws.
And do not hesitate to contact me if you can predict anything by November.