A Nation Without Couth

I have tried for the past three days to say what Rick Perlstein says here brilliantly, and far better than I could have. If that doesn’t pique your interest, nothing else that I can say will.

Please read it.



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3 Responses to A Nation Without Couth

  1. I was looking through a book of quotes a few minutes ago, after reading Perlstein’s brilliant and well put post and a bookmark brought me to this quote from Aldous Huxley that seemed to fit the theme:

    “The thin precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hells of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface.”

    We are a vastly different nation under this administration, as Perlstein notes than we were some 50 years ago.

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    Uh, it started with Ronnie Rayguns, and in a very real way Ayatollah Khomeni put him in office. Isn’t that enough reason for trying to get even with Iran?

  3. Darrell Prows says:

    Wow, it went right over my head when we were learning “duck and cover” in elementary school that there was so much peace around.

    Maybe we could use, however, the royal treatment tricky dick got from Mao even though there was actual hostilities in the neighborhood, and we were selling gobs of weapons to the Kuomintang. Nixon got a banquet. Did Ahmadinejad?