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About politicswestchesterview

Nathaniel regards himself as a progressive Democrat who sees a serious need to involve more Americans in the political process if we are to rise to Ben Franklin's challenge "A republic, madam, if you can keep it," after a passerby asked him what form of government the founders had chosen. This blog gives my views and background information on the local, state, and national political scenes. My career in higher education was mainly in the areas of international studies, foreign languages, and student advising, most recently at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, from which I retired in 2006. I have lived in West Chester since 1986.

Traveler’s Evening Song

Just feeling meditative, as the weather declines, days get shorter, and even younger people fall away from us. J. W. von Goethe (1749-1832), Wanderers Nachtlied, II Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, über allen Wipfeln spürest du kaum einen Hauch: die … Continue reading

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Now what do I do with those political signs and wickets?

Winners exult, losers lament, and all of us wonder what to do with our growing collection of political signs and their metal support rods (AKA wickets). They were so important to sway voters’ minds… maybe… and now?? If your candidate … Continue reading

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Interview with Bret Binder

I had a chance last week to interview Bret Binder, an East Bradford attorney who is running for the position of Magisterial District Judge in West Bradford, East Bradford, and West Chester wards 3, 6, and 7. Why are you … Continue reading

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Moby-Dick and American democracy

Way back in high school, I had English teachers who were as obsessed with Moby-Dick as was Captain Ahab with the great white whale. Rereading it now, I see a lot of things I missed before, like Herman Melville’s rhetorical … Continue reading

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H. G. Wells and the long view of history

This week I found, put out for the taking with a bunch of old crockery, a copy of H. G. Wells’ “The Outline of History,” started in the last year of World War I and updated off and on till … Continue reading

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Nixon, Haig, Trump, and the 25th Amendment

There comes a point when you need to stop making excuses for the unfortunate behavior of a relative who is starting to lose it. And then you take measures to minimize the damage and keep the family safe and assure … Continue reading

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No surprise: Civility and trust down nationally since November

The chart below is from “Americans Say Civility Has Worsened Under Trump; Trust In Institutions Down” by Jessica Taylor, NPR.org, July 3, 2017. It would be interesting to have figures for Chester County. It would be a good bet, though, … Continue reading

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