Napoleon..? He’s dynamite.

July 24, 2017 at 5:57 pm (Uncategorized)

We can all recall George Santayana’s aphorism, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” but what about those who don’t seem to understand what history is?

  • Last week in an interview with the New York Times, Trump seemed to think Napoleon and Napoleon III were the same person (I also wonder what “extra-curricular” activities Napoleon was involved in that prevented him from going to Russia)
  • During Black History month, he gave the impression he thought Frederick Douglass was still alive
  • Previously, he asserted that people don’t know that Lincoln was a Republican
  • In an interview, he took credit for the Keynesian phrase “priming the pump”

I could go on, my I’m gripped by a growing terror.

Is Trump operating on dog time in which everything is present tense and for whom history is a vague memory? (My dog is excited when I return to the house after ten minutes or ten days – the reaction is the same) . Certainly, if you can’t remember the past, it makes it easier to lie with such breathless abandon.

It should go without saying that I intend no disrespect to dogs in this post. They are noble beasts.

 

 

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