The Flinchum File
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Get Out !!


Some people get songs in their head and hear those songs constantly.  Some thoughts get caught in my head, and I wish I could get them out.

For example, Turkish President Erdogan said “democracy is like a street car – when you get to your stop, you get off.”  What does that mean?  Where is your stop?  What is post-democracy?

The senior Republican senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, said “there’ll come a time when love of country will trump hatred of Hillary.”  What does that mean?  You don’t love America if you vote for Trump?  If I do love America, I will vote for Hillary?  And, Graham is a strong Republican.

The presidential campaign manager of Republican senator John McCain was named Steve Schmidt.  He said (paraphrasing him) “when fascism came to power in the 1930’s, it was not because fascism was strong.  It was because democracy was weak.”  What does that mean?  How do you recognize weakness in democracy?  When does democracy become too weak?  How would you recognize it?  How would you strengthen it?

Yogi Berra would be proud . . .

Why don’t moderators in presidential debates ask these questions like this?  

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