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In the Age of Irony, it is perhaps fitting, in light of that quote, that George W is running around these days citing Truman as a role model every chance he gets. Mainly what he's keying on is how Truman was hated for the Korean War and - according to George - history has vindicated him. Our Little King is figuring the same will happen to him.

Of course, Truman didn't refuse to talk to China while the war was going on. Neither did Eisenhower, but hey, that's just quibbling.

It's frightening that he's abdicated all responsibility for his actions in favor of the certainty that at some unknown time in the future his brutal madness will be vindicated. I swear, we're living in a Shakespearean tragedy.

No, a Shakespearean farce. A tragedy requires that a hero be brought down by his own flaws. What we have here is an idiot living up to his potential. I mean if you elect Adam Sandler President and he acts like a clueless stooge, that's not tragedy, it's the fulfillment of his destiny.

This is definite "if I don't laugh I'll cry" territory.

It is the rise to power of the demagogue who lives on untruth; it is the spreading of fear and the destruction of faith in every level of society.

McCarthy and his anti-communist followers did not have the advantage of a 24-hr news channel to proselytize their message. These days there are hundreds of new avenues to “catapult the propaganda”.

Bush also likes comparing himself to Churchill. In reality, the Bush administration is a putrid mix of Harding and Coolidge, but with an imperial complex that the two scandalous administrations never had.

You forgot Polk!

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