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Changing Times

January 25, 2022

Bob Dylan’s “The Times They are a Changin” spoke to the era of the mid-60s. Sixty years later we sense again that we are on the cusp of a new era. The Progressive era’s romantic vision has been replaced by a grim realization that the problem is “Us.”

Three aspects of politics in America today–political turmoil, radical divisions and our “Two Party” system—indicate that times are “a changin.”

Collectively these three ingredients are leading to a weakening of our ability to protect the American nation from foreign enemies.

Reflecting a new nationalistic spirit, in 2016 Donald Trump showed elected officials that the way to gain power was to focus on the home front. The democratic project of making the world democratic was firmly rejected in 2016 and only former President Donald Trump’s ignorance lost the 2020 election to a cognitively impaired Joe Biden.

A Democrat Party, now totally dominated by “Progressive” idealists, has thrown all caution to the wind, ignored its slim majorities in Congress and has chosen to advance ideologically driven policies for which there is no discernible support by the majority  of American voters.

To top off that cauldron of Progressive ideology, the former President, Donald Trump, signaled his rejection of Constitutional limits on executive power, marshaled supporters in Washington on January 6 and attempted to thwart action of the Electoral College affirming election of Joe Biden.

And if that were not enough, Trump predicted that he would be installed in his former Office within months.

Bananas that usually suppress elected governments in Latin America were swept off the shelves of American supermarkets and readied for a call to act by a vengeful former President of the United States.

All this is good fun for observers of our national crackup except for signs that our enemies in Russia, Communist China and Iran smell weakness and are preparing to act.

Vladimir Putin seeks to take back Ukraine and sees Joe Biden as “weak.”

Xi Jinping wants Taiwan, but invasion of that territory is but a prelude to domination of Japan.

And the new government in Iran plans to squeeze Europe’s oil supply by challenging shipping in the Strait of Hormuz.

The chances of war in Ukraine are now visible, and the Constitution permits replacement of President Biden before 2024 only by resignation.

Even Republicans do not want Kamalla Harris to succeed Joe Biden.

But, replacing her with Donald Trump will lead to civil war just as war in Ukraine and Taiwan are real possibilities.

The Times They are a Changin, indeed.

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