Daily Clips: July 22nd, 2016
WHY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS SPEAK DIFFERENTLY: Beautiful work from the Atlantic. They take an analytical look at the use of language of both parties over the past decades, noting how it has changed dramatically as partisanship has increased.
SOLAR ECLIPSE: Fantastic and detailed article on the state of US solar movement.
The rest of the speech is best dealt with elsewhere, but this entire week was powered by the vigorous applause of people begging to be led, to be directed, to be ruled. A wise old friend once told me that the most basic paradox in American history can be summed up in the question, “Do you govern or are you governed?”
FLURRY OF ACTIVITY ON TIM KAINE’S WIKIPEDIA PAGE: Could this mean he’s the VP choice for Hillary? My gut says so.
DAVID BROOKS THINKS GOP HAS LOST ITS WAY: Well, obviously it has. But his memory of the pre-Trump GOP seems slightly different than mine:
The G.O.P. used to be a party that aspired to a biblical ethic of private charity, graciousness, humility and faithfulness. Mitt Romney’s convention was lifted by stories of his kindness and personal mentorship.
TWEET OF THE DAY:
It’s Demagoguery 101: When you don’t have actual answers, exaggerate the problems with fear & hatred in order to blind people with emotion.
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) July 22, 2016