Monday, January 16, 2017

Trump’s attack on John Lewis is the essence of narcissism - Note for a discussion, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United."

Michael Gerson, Washington Post

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A broader conception of the American story — a respect for the heroes and ghosts of our history — is absent in Trump’s public voice. He seems to be in the thrall of an eternal now. To some, the whole idea of a historical imagination will sound nebulous. Abraham Lincoln called it the “mystic chords of memory.” He hung his hopes for unity on the existence of a shared national experience that transcended regional differences. Today our divisions are more along lines of class and culture, but we also need to hear our story as one people. ...

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