It amazes me how average folks never learn that Republicans are only out for the top 3 or 4 percent. How they get away with getting elected is that they alway appealed to our hardwired tribal impulses. It works like a charm on those least evolved types (xenophobics) who have never learned how to override their primitive impulses. So they end up screwing themselves and too often the rest of us. Can you say West Virginia?

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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