We used to celebrate the birthday of George Washington, a great soldier and statesman and the Father of His Country. Now we have Presidents Day. What is that to celebrate? Praise to any corrupt or incompetent politician who managed to make it to the White House? Honour U.S. Grant, James A. Garfield, Warren G. Harding, Gerald Ford, two Bushes, or Joe Biden? This is merely evidence of the ongoing deterioration of American intelligence and spirit.
The abominable opportunist Nikki Haley seems to be relying on her status as a minority to reach high office. It is true her parents immigrated from India. But put her in a group of white people and she does not stand out---unlike Barack Obama or Somalia Harris. She is not black or Chinese. It seems likely that like her Sikh ancestors she is Caucasian or mostly so. Under present conditions she can get a lot of credit for being an immigrant without any connection to historic America, but not for being nonwhite.
Have you noticed that our Southern Republican leaders seem to be more devoted to making stupid war on Russia than to protecting our noble heritage against evil attacks?
Donald Trump seems to have damaged himself beyond hope for reelection. He can still be a very useful gadfly, as went he was when he went to the disaster in Ohio.
There is little doubt that our ruling class is declining into ignorant and arrogant folly. One of the saddest developments in recent history is that when the Soviet Union collapsed the U.S. leadership continued to this very day the Cold War against Russia. What a great great opportunity for peace our leaders threw away.
Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews