Colbert keeps hope alive in these dismal Trumpian days. Like Lincoln said in effect, sometimes things get so sad that to laugh is the only way to survive. And, yes, in a cockeyed, funny, heroic sort of way Colbert is like Churchill facing off against Hitler.

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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