American idealism as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution is always fighting an uphill battle with the negative aspects of human tribalism. This understanding goes over the head of the average American or at least the cruder elements of our society.

When one is devoid of at least some minimum level of intellectual enhancement the siren song of demagogues like Donald Trump excites their primitive ego without hesitation.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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