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A President’s Words Matter, Part III: The Trump Attack on the Department of Justice and the Politics of Demagoguery

Trump’s assault on governing norms is a product of a demagogic politics in which he presents himself as the only answer to failing institutions. A strong, sustained institutional defense is required to meet this challenge. 

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The Senate Was Touched by Greatness Today: In Praise of Jeff Flake

We are no longer used to great Senate speeches. The Greatest Deliberative Body on Earth has long since given up anything a thinking person would confuse with deliberation. The Senate speech, once form of storied oratory, has withered as the body itself has degraded. It's partly the fault of C-SPAN, which made possible the address to an empty chamber, the confusion of an actual audience with a television audience—the idea that a Senate speech was a vehicle for national dissemination of talking points, rather than a means of persuading one's colleagues of things one truly believed.

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A President’s Words Matter, Part II: Impeachment Standards and the Case of the Demagogue

A president’s words, including his lies, are fully relevant to an assessment of his fitness for office. And, as the Framers appreciated and our history has shown, the leader who is a classic demagogue, pursuing political self-interest with a rhetoric characterized by falsehoods and disparagement, is a grave threat to democracy.

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