What We Don’t Learn From History

I’m surprised that we don’t hear more about the similarities between presidential elections in this period and those in the period of the late 1880s. Do these things sound familiar to you?

  • A series of close elections, so close that the popular vote winner loses half the time
  • Elections so close, you don’t always know who won
  • An intractable voting public who votes for party over the person
  • Growing income inequality, with the politicians lining their own pockets

That period finally ended with the rise of my favorite American president: Theodore Roosevelt. More than anybody before or since, Teddy could dance on the head of a political pin, using the good stuff from both sides, a man who was both pro-labor and pro-business.

So I sit here, typing, waiting for the next Teddy.

Teddy and Trump


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