Recommended Reading (12/03/16)

Here are interesting articles from the past week that are worth a read (even if, on occasion, I do not agree with the author).

Recount All You Want but Mob Rule Will Not Prevail

Given all the talk about ditching the Electoral College, fair representation is the last thing on the minds of those who didn’t mind it at all when polls predicted a Hillary electoral landslide. Truth is, if they really cared about fairness, they’d ditch the Super Delegates system which was rigged for Hillary when it robbed Bernie Sanders early on.

Blue State Blues: 10 Things That Journalists Did Wrong in 2016

I spent a good deal of time this year thinking about what was wrong with journalism. I had a chance to observe the front rank of the field up close, as I joined the Trump traveling press corps. And I made a few mistakes myself. My conclusions follow.

A week of Trumpisms

Trump’s got hotels and golf courses and properties all around the world. CNN says it’s 144 companies in 25 countries.

Good for him. I hope all of them are obscenely successful for the next four years.

Equally, I hope the country becomes as successful as Trump says he wants to make it.

If we’re as successful as Trump wants to make us, who cares how well he is doing?

Wisdom the GOP ignores at its peril

Now that Republicans will be running the White House, the House and the Senate, they’d better succeed in streamlining and simplifying our bloated government. Quotes from some of our greatest minds can guide them.

On  a Sunday Morning: Marking 75 years since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Seventy-five years later, a small band of survivors, including the 94-year-old Stratton, who will attend with his wife of 66 years, gathers on Oahu. It will be, almost surely, the last milestone anniversary involving living participants. From our distant perch, it seems impossible to understand and fully absorb the magnitude of Pearl Harbor: in that vanished world, young men did things that we cannot imagine, and the events themselves, while framed by formidable scholarship and many excellent narrative histories, are also shrouded in myth. We cannot stand where Americans stood then or feel what they felt, but we can remind ourselves that there is no hell on earth like war, no bravery or love of fellows more surpassing than that seen in the armed forces—and no hardship we face now that compares remotely with the darkness that that American generation confronted, across two oceans. It all started on that quiet Sunday morning, 75 years ago. On December 7, pause a moment if you can.

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