There has always been a substantial segment of the American population, particularly in the Southern Stares, that never understood nor cared about America’s experiment in democracy. They have continued to look past the big picture and long-term view, caring only about the here and now of their own little world. Indeed, corruptions is just Jim dandy if they think that somehow they might benefit by it.

It bothers them not a wit that Trump is hollowing out our democratic institutions or that he is aiding and abetting Putin in his goal to isolate America from its traditional allies and its idealistic self by interfering in its sacred electoral process. They say, just let me live in my little tribal world of smalltime advantage, to heck with national inspiration and unity — White power!

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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