Here’s the deal, Ezinne. America’s know-nothings are easily bored. They are always looking for the exact opposite of the previous president — suave Jack Kennedy to tricky Dick Nixon to choir boy Jimmy Carter. Now they have gone from a most thoughtful man of pure integrity, Barack Obama, to shyster, grungy Donald J. Trump.

Besides, men are most frustrated when they have nearly everything and want it all than when they have nothing and only want a little.

You see Obama has brought America back to as good as it can possibly get. But some of these old guys think of good normal as mid-twentieth century America, an aberration coming out of the worldwide conditions following WWII — when so much of the world’s manufacturing was concentrated in a single country — something never likely to happen again in ten lifetimes.

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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