“ONE NATION, INDIVISIBLE”

I am honored to join you at this extraordinary time.

Some elections are about candidates. Some are about issues.

Some, like 1984, when my father delivered his powerful keynote speech, are more profound

This election is not just a question of which candidate we want, who we want to be.

At stake is much more than the success of a candidate or a party.

At stake is the soul of America.

People are questioning whether the American dream can still come true. Anxiety is high and anxiety breeds fear. We need real solutions. That debate is what this campaign should be about.
The other party had a chance to begin that debate at their convention, but instead offered only reruns of their failed policies Their strategy to win never had much to do with offering solutions anyway. Their plan is to fan the flames of fear and offer scapegoats for our problems.

Fear is a powerful weapon. It can excite, and motivate. Fear can win you a primary election. Fear can even bring you into power. But fear has never created a job, or educated a child, or built a community, and it will never build a nation.

The Trump Campaign has created a political Trojan horse – the immigrants are the problem. Just stop immigration and everything will improve. It’s not right, it’s not true, it’s divisive and it’s delusional. Unless the Republicans are all Native Americans, they are immigrants too. They would divide this nation, turn one against the other, and call their result greatness.

The Republicans want to make America great again – to return to the good old days. What good old days do they want to return to? 1964 – before the civil rights act? 1969 — when unchecked industry pollution poisoned the environment and the Cuyahoga River literally burned? 1973 – before women had freedom of choice? 2010 – before gay Americans had the right to marry?

We see a different path. We don’t want to go back, we want to go forward. Imagine how great America can be when every child has a good education; when we truly heed Dr. King and judge by character instead of color; when we understand that the greatest feast is the one enjoyed by the most people at the table, and when our government has the strength to fight for freedom but the intelligence to understand that the strongest four letter word is not hate but love

Hilary Clinton knows this all to well. I spent eight years in the Clinton administration and worked with Hillary all over the globe – I’ve seen her in the trenches and in the good days and in the bad days. As first lady, she stood on the world stage and declared that human rights were women’s rights. As a Senator from the great state of New York she fought for health care for all Americans. As Secretary of State she repaired America’s reputation around the world. And as our President, Hillary Clinton won’t just shatter the glass ceiling for my three daughters, she will be the smartest, most qualified person we’ve sent to the oval office in my lifetime.

Now, we know the other party’s response: They will say we Democrats are dreamers – that it’s just not possible. Well maybe we are dreamers – but we are also doers. FDR lifted a nation from its knees, JFK launched our mission to the moon, LBJ enacted voting rights for all, and President Obama delivered health coverage for 20 million uninsured Americans.

Mario Cuomo was a dreamer too, but look at what we’ve done. Come to our New York and see progressive government at work. We raised the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. We enacted paid family leave to treat all workers with fairness. We are modernizing our infrastructure and creating jobs. We are working with the labor movement to rebuild our middle class. We are protecting our environment with a 50 percent renewable energy standard and banned fracking. We banned assault weapons to keep them from the hands of madmen. We passed marriage equality and enacted Genda, not because the Supreme Court said we must legally, but because our people believed we should morally.

And we did all of this together – as one united people – leaving no one out and no one behind.

We say somos uno to all our brothers and sisters because we don’t build walls, we build bridges. We believe that there is a cord that connects you to you — and you to you. Maybe you can’t see it, but it’s there and it weaves the fabric of community and when one of us is raised we are all raised and when one of us is lowered we’re all lowered.

15 years ago on September 11th – when the world’s greatest cowards flew planes into the World Trade Center and Washington and Pennsylvania and we saw unprecedented death and destruction but we also saw something else. We saw this nation come together – as one American community. We were not Texans and Californians and New Yorkers – we were Americans. We weren’t new immigrants or old immigrants we were Americans. We weren’t Democrats or Republicans or Independents – we were Americans. we weren’t Muslims, Christians, and Jew – we were Americans. We weren’t black, white and brown – we were red, white and blue. And we were there for each other as one family. We cried together, we mourned together, and then we got up and we rebuilt together. And in that unity was our greatest strength and our (collective) best self. Today the freedom tower stands on that site – taller and higher than anything before. A monument to the premise that when we are together there is nothing we can’t do. E pluribus unum out of many one – our founding premise and our enduring promise. We know we can make it a reality. Don’t tell us we can’t because we know we can and that is what this election is really all about. We can’t allow America’s future to be limited because the other side underestimates Americans. And that is why we must and we will win.

And that was my father’s message in 1984.

My father passed away last year and I miss him every day. He was the keynote speaker for this nation’s better angels. And he was beautiful. And pop wherever you are, and I think I know where, at this time of fear, chaos and darkness help this country remember that we are one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

JULY 2016: DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION PLUS

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7.28 Hillary Clinton: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”
7.28 Donald Trump: ““I was going to hit one guy, in particular a very little guy. I was going to hit this guy so hard his head would spin. He wouldn’t know what the hell happened.”
7.27 Michael Bloomberg: “Let’s elect a sane, competent person.”
7.27 Barack Obama: “Look, we Democrats have always had plenty of differences with the Republican Party, and there’s nothing wrong with that. it’s precisely this contest of ideas that pushes our country forward. But what we heard in Cleveland last week wasn’t particularly Republican and it sure wasn’t conservative. What we heard was a deeply pessimistic vision of a country where we turn against each other and turn away from the rest of the world. There were no serious solutions to pressing problems, just the fanning of resentment and blame and anger and hate. And that is not the America I know. You know, the Donald is not really a plans guy. He’s not really a facts guy, either. He calls himself a business guy, which is true, but I have to say, I know plenty of businessmen and women who’ve achieved remarkable success without leaving a trail of lawsuits and unpaid workers and people feeling like they got cheated.. . . . Does anyone really believe that a guy who’s spent his 70 years on this Earth showing no regard for working people is suddenly going to be your champion? Your voice? Hey, if so, you should vote for him. But if you’re someone who’s truly concerned about paying your bills, if you’re really concerned about pocketbook issues and seeing the economy grow and creating more opportunity for everybody, then the choice isn’t even close. If you want someone with a lifelong track record of fighting for higher wages and better benefits and a fairer tax code and a bigger voice for workers and stronger regulations on Wall Street, then you should vote for Hillary Clinton.. . . . He’s betting that if he scares enough people, he might score just enough votes to win this election. And that’s another bet that Donald Trump will lose. And the reason he’ll lose it is because he’s selling the American people short. We are not a fragile people, we’re not a frightful people. Our power doesn’t come from some self-declared savior promising that he alone can restore order as long as we do things his way. We don’t look to be ruled. . . .America has changed over the years. But these values my grandparents taught me — they haven’t gone anywhere. They’re as strong as ever; still cherished by people of every party, every race, every faith. They live on in each of us. What makes us American, what makes us patriots, is what’s in here. That’s what matters. And that’s why we can take the food and music and holidays and styles of other countries, and blend it into something uniquely our own. That’s why we can attract strivers and entrepreneurs from around the globe to build new factories and create new industries here. That’s why our military can look the way it does — every shade of humanity, forged into common service. That’s why anyone who threatens our values, whether fascists or communists or jihadists or homegrown demagogues, will always fail in the end.”
7.27 Joe Biden: “No major party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security. We cannot elect a man who exploits our fears of ISIS and other terrorists, who has no plan whatsoever to make us safer; a man who embraces the tactics of our enemies — torture, religious intolerance. You all know. All the Republicans know. That’s not who we are. It betrays our values. It alienates those who we need in the fight against ISIS. Donald Trump with all his rhetoric would literally make us less safe.
We cannot elect a man who belittles our closest allies while embracing dictators like Vladimir Putin. No I mean it. A man who seeks to sow division in America for his own gain and disorder around the world; a man who confuses bluster with strength. We simply cannot let that happen as Americans. Period. Folks, let me tell you what I literally tell every world leader I met with — and I’ve met them all. It’s never, never, never been a good bet to bet against America. We have the finest fighting force in the world. . . .We have the strongest economy in the world. We have the most productive workers in the world. And given a fair shot, given a fair chance, Americans have never, ever, ever, ever let their country down. Never! Never! Ordinary people like us who do extraordinary things. We’ve had candidates before who attempted to get elected by appealing to our fears. But they have never succeeded. Because we do not scare easily. We never bow. We never bend. We never break when confronted with crisis. No! We endure. We overcome. And we always, always, always move forward. That’s why I can say with absolute conviction: I am more optimistic about our chances today than when I was elected as a 29-year-old kid to the Senate. The 21st Century is going to be the American Century. Because we lead not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example. That is the history of the journey of America. And God-willing, Hillary Clinton will write the next chapter in that journey. We are America, second to none. And we own the finish line. Don’t forget it. (Applause.) God bless you all and may God protect our troops. Come on! We’re Americans!”
7.27 Khizr Khan, father of the late Captain Humayun Khan: “Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son ‘the best of America. If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America. Donald Trump, you are asking Americans to trust you with our future. Let me ask you: Have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law. Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending America—you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”
7.27 Ted Danson: “Anybody can brag, anybody can talk. Hers is the poetry of doing.”
7.27 Donald Trump: “They probably have her 33,000 emails, too. I hope they do. Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
7.27 Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton for president. She is the first woman to head the ticket of a major party.
7.26 Greg Sargent in the Washington Post: “There is a direct link between Trump’s alienation of key demographics and the lack of high profile surrogates that will be there for him this fall. Senior Republicans are keeping Trump at arm’s length in part precisely because he’s putting off those voter groups, which many top Republicans know the party must improve among for the sake of its future. This is a dynamic that both Republican and Democratic strategists are taking note of this morning. “Hillary will have Bernie Sanders, the Obamas, Elizabeth Warren, who has been elevated to star status by Donald Trump, and Joe Biden,” Stuart Stevens, the chief strategist for Mitt Romney in 2012, tells me. “Who will be campaigning with Donald Trump that has a large constituency?” Stevens adds that many Republicans who do have large constituencies —such as Mitt Romney, George W. Bush, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio — will likely be M.I.A. once the campaign kicks into high gear. Stevens also noted a connection between the disparity in high wattage surrogates and Trump’s alienation of key demographics. “The essence of politics is about addition, not subtraction,” Stevens said. “Donald Trump finds it very hard for any given moment not to be about Donald Trump, which makes coalition building and the blocking and tackling of politics more difficult. If you’re in a fight with the Republican governor of Ohio and the Hispanic governor of New Mexico, how can you expect to build a broader coalition?” “Trump’s fight with Susana Martinez is a perfect illustrator,” Stevens concluded, referring to the governor of New Mexico. “He desperately needs women and Hispanics.” Or, as Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg argued in an email, Day One of the Democratic convention revealed a core contrast with the GOP: “The Democratic Party has become a mature and successful governing Party, with a talented and experienced set of diverse leaders to guide it and a changing country confidently into the future.”
IMG_20857.25 Michelle Obama: “We challenge them to ignore those who challenge their father’s citizenship or faith. We insist that the hateful language from public figures on television does not represent the true nature of this country. We explain when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to that level. No. Our motto is: When they go low, we go high.”
7.25 Sarah Silverman to the Bernie or Bust crowd: “You’re being ridiculous.”
7.25 Sarah Silverman: “This Democratic primary was exemplary. No name calling, no comments about the size of candidates’ hands or ethnicity,or how much they sweat or if they go to the bathroom. Inside secret: they do. That stuff is for third graders. Like c’mon, major arrested development stuff, that’s I’m-still-emotionally-four-and-calling-people-names-from-my-gold-encrusted-sandbox-because-I-was-given-money-instead-of-human-touch-or-coping-tools stuff. ”
7.25 Bernie Sanders: “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president, and I am proud to stand with her tonight.”
7.24 A campaign ad on John Kasich‘s site features retired Air Force Col. Tom Moe, a former Vietnam POW, speaking at an event in Ohio, the same day Trump held a rally in Columbus. Moe paraphrases a quote from Protestant pastor Martin Niemöller, taken from his lectures after World War II. “You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims should register with their government, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s okay to rough up black protesters, because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one. But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you. And you better hope there’s someone left to help you.”
7.22 James Hohmann in the Washington Post: “Beginning on January 20th of 2017, safety will be restored,” he declared. Trump is the crisis candidate. If voters feel safe, confident and hopeful in November, his team knows he will lose. To win, he does not just need to convince Americans that the country is on the wrong track – they already believe this – but that we are in the midst of an existential crisis. “The attacks on our police, and the terrorism in our cities, threaten our very way of life,” he said, repeatedly touting himself as “the law and order candidate.” He spoke of a violent crime wave, murderous illegal immigrants “roaming free,” innocent children “sacrificed on the altar of open borders,” and an America “shocked to its core.” He described the current environment as “more dangerous … than, frankly, I have ever seen and anybody in this room has ever watched or seen.” Then he suggested that elites are covering up how bad things have gotten. “I will tell you the plain facts that have been edited out of your nightly news and your morning newspaper,” he declared. Trump also spoke of “growing threats from outside” the country. “After fifteen years of wars in the Middle East, after trillions of dollars spent and thousands of lives lost, the situation is worse than it has ever been before,” he said. “This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”
strong>7.22 Alexandra Petri in the Washington Post: “Say what you will about dictators, royalty, mafia dons, supervillains and Trumps, they have a well-defined aesthetic. You get an immense, Wonderful Wizard of Oz-scale picture of your head, some flags, and then you stand in front of it with your well-groomed family, and they say that if only people knew the real you, they would admit that you were great.”
7.22 Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post: “The Republican convention has been colorful and chaotic, but above all, it has been consumed by a vigilante rage, complete with mock prosecutors, show trials and chanting mobs. The picture presented to the world has been of America as a banana republic. We have descended so far so fast that it is sometimes difficult to remember that this is not normal. It was only eight years ago that the Republican nominee, John McCain, interrupted one of his supporters who claimed that Barack Obama was an Arab and thus suspicious to explain that his opponent was in fact “a decent family man [and] citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues.” Contrast that with the tenor of this campaign, which has been set from the top by Donald Trump, who has repeatedly insisted that Hillary Clinton deserves to be in jail. He even promised that were he elected, his attorney general would reopen the books and “take a very good look” at possibly indicting her, himself having concluded that she is “guilty as hell.” That might have happened in a Latin American country — 30 years ago.”

JULY 2016: TRUMP’S CONVENTION, AND BEFORE

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7.21 Donald Trump, in his acceptance speech at the RNC: ““I alone can fix it.”
7.21 Billionaire tech mogul Peter Thiel won loud applause at the GOP convention: “Every American has a unique identity, I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican. But, most of all, I am proud to be an American.”
7.21 Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News
7.21 John Podhoretz in the NY Post: “Ted Cruz intended to offer his challenge subtly — through a text that did not explicitly endorse Trump and instead called for “leaders who stand for principle. Unite us all behind shared values. Cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody.”
Subtle it may have been, but not subtle enough to evade the rage of the Trump campaign. Evidence suggests the Trump camp had decided it was going to punish Cruz for this impertinence.
After Cruz spoke those sentences, the New York delegation began to yell at Cruz from the floor — demanding an explicit endorsement of the candidate. It is highly unlikely such a thing happened without direction from the Trump campaign.And when Cruz continued by telling the audience to “vote your conscience [and] vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution,” the hall erupted in catcalls — something I don’t ever remember happening at any nominating convention.”
7.20 Thomas Friedman in the Times: “Anyone who has been following Turkey closely knows that Erdogan has been mounting a silent, drip-by-drip coup of his own against Turkish democracy for years — jailing reporters, hounding rivals with giant tax bills, reviving an internal war against Turkish Kurds to stoke nationalist passions to propel his efforts to grab more powers — and by generally making himself into a modern-day sultan for life. I’m glad the coup failed, especially the way it did — with many secular Turks who actually opposed Erdogan’s autocratic rule, and had been abused by it, nevertheless coming out against the plotters on the principle that Turkish democracy must be upheld. That was a truly impressive act of collective wisdom and a display of democratic sensibilities. The maturity of the Turkish people resulted in Erdogan’s getting what golfers call a mulligan, or a do-over, to demonstrate that he is committed to the universal precepts of democracy. Will he? Or will Erdogan go right back to his preferred means of staying in power: dividing Turks into his supporters and enemies of the state, weaving conspiracy theories and using the failed coup as a license for a witch hunt, not only for plotters but for anyone who has dared to cross his path?
7.20 David Brooks in the Times: “Occasionally Trump will attempt a sentence longer than eight words, but no matter what subject he starts the sentence with, by the end he has been pulled over to the subject of himself. Here’s an example from the Mike Pence announcement speech: “So one of the primary reasons I chose Mike was I looked at Indiana, and I won Indiana big.” There’s sort of a gravitational narcissistic pull that takes command whenever he attempts to utter a compound thought.
720 T.A. Frank in VF.com That Melania Trump’s big night turned into another example of the Trump campaign’s inability to hold onto on a positive news cycle seems sadder than most of the blunders that have plagued the billionaire’s ramshackle operation. Melania has openly, repeatedly said this is not a role she wanted, to stand in front of a stadium and the world talking about her private life. At times, that showed during her speech, before the controversy over her words broke out. When she stumbled over the teleprompter, for example, or when when the shade of recognition that she had mispronounced a word crept over her face, her eyes would widen from their typical smolder into a look of terror—a deer caught in front of a million headlines coming at her at full speed.”
7.20 Ben Carson at the RNC: “Now, one of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors was Saul Alinsky, and her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky. This was someone she greatly admired. And let me tell you something about Saul Alinsky. So he wrote a book called Rules for Radicals. It acknowledges Lucifer, the original radical who gained his own kingdom. Now think about that. This is our nation where our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, talks about certain inalienable rights that come from our creator; a nation where our Pledge of Allegiance says we are one nation under God. This is a nation where every coin in our pockets and every bill in our wallet says ‘In God We Trust.’ So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?”
7.19 Yasmin Yonis: “I’m not surprised Melanie plagiarized from Michelle. White women have spent centuries stealing black women’s genius, labor, babies, bodies.”
7.19 In “an impressive feat of political gymnastics”, Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort takes on the plagiarism flap by saying, “This is once again an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, how she tries, seeks out to demean her and take her down.”
How Manafort turned Melania Trump’s words, borrowed from Michelle Obama in front of tens of millions of people, into a problem for Hillary Clinton, is an impressive feat of political gymnastics.
7.19 Speaking on the opening night of the Republican convention, Melania Trump plagiarism Michelle Obama
7.14 In France, a tractor trailer plowed into a large crowd leaving a fireworks display in the French Riviera town of Nice on Bastille Day Thursday, killing at least 60.
7.14 Trump selects Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.
7.14 Nicholas Kristoff in the Times: “An even bigger civil rights outrage in America than abuses by some police officers may be an education system that routinely sends the neediest black students to underfunded, third-rate schools, while directing bountiful resources to affluent white schools.’’
7.13 Justice Ruth Ginsburg: “I can’t imagine what this place would be — I can’t imagine what the country would be — with Donald Trump as our president. For the country, it could be four years. For the court, it could be — I don’t even want to contemplate that.”
7.13 Trump on Ginsburg: “Her mind is shot.’’
7.12 George W. Bush, at memorial for slain Dallas police officers: “Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions, and this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose.”
7.12 Bush sways during Battle Hymn of the Republic
7.12 President Obama at memorial service: “We ask the police to do too much and we ask too little of ourselves. As a society, we choose to under-invest in decent schools. We allow poverty to fester so that entire neighborhoods offer no prospect for gainful employment. We refuse to fund drug treatment and mental health programs. We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book. And then we tell the police, “You’re a social worker; you’re the parent; you’re the teacher; you’re the drug counselor.” We tell them to keep those neighborhoods in check at all costs and do so without causing any political blowback or inconvenience; don’t make a mistake that might disturb our own peace of mind. And then we feign surprise when periodically the tensions boil over. We know those things to be true. They’ve been true for a long time. We know it. Police, you know it. Protesters, you know it. You know how dangerous some of the communities where these police officers serve are. And you pretend as if there’s no context. These things we know to be true. And if we cannot even talk about these things, if we cannot talk honestly and openly, not just in the comfort of our own circles, but with those who look different than us or bring a different perspective, then we will never break this dangerous cycle. In the end, it’s not about finding policies that work. It’s about forging consensus and fighting cynicism and finding the will to make change.
7.12 In the UK, David Cameron leaving as PM: “I have addressed 5,500 questions from this despatch box; I’ll leave it to others to work out how many I’ve answered.” Theresa May in. Boris Johnson named foreign minister
7.12 Jeb Bush on Morning Joe: “Conservatism is temporarily dead.”
7.12 Dallas police chief David Brown: “Every societal failure, we put it on the cops to solve. Not enough mental health funding, let the cop handle it. Not enough drug addiction funding, let’s give it to the cops. Here in Dallas we have a loose dog problem. Let’s have the cops chase loose dogs. Schools fail, give it to the cops. 70 percent of the African-American community is being raised by single women, let’s give it to the cops to solve as well. That’s too much to ask. Policing was never meant to solve all those problems. I just ask other parts of our democracy along with the free press to help us.’’
7.12 Richard Cohen in the Washington Post: “This is madness. Hillary Clinton may have lied about her emails, but Donald Trump lies about everything . Still, for the Justice Department to upend a presidential campaign over a matter as trivial as a violation of email policy approaches an anticipatory coup. If there were lies deserving of punishment, let the voters mete it out.
7.11 Washington Post: Young Americans, particularly millennials (ages 18 to 35), have lost their zest for buying and driving cars . . . Just recently, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published figures indicating that the number of licensed drivers 16 or younger in 2014 had dropped 37 percent since 2009 and, at 1.08 million, was “the lowest number since the 1960s.”
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7.10 Jabari Parker, NBA player, on Twitter, answering Ex-Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, who said “Obama, Watch Out’’: ‘You Ain’t Landing a Single Finger on Obama. No body is. Chicago and myself going to make sure of that,”
7.9 Maureen Dowd in the Times: “It says a lot about our relationship with Hillary Clinton that she seems well on her way to becoming Madam President because she’s not getting indicted. If she were still at the State Department, she could be getting fired for being, as the F.B.I. director told Congress, “extremely careless” with top ¬secret information. Instead, she’s on a glide path to a big promotion. And that’s the corkscrew way things go with the Clintons, who are staying true to their reputation as the Tom and Daisy Buchanan of American politics. Their vast carelessness drags down everyone around them, but they persevere, and even thrive….. the email transgression is not a one off. It’s part of a long pattern of ethical slipping and sliding, obsessive secrecy and paranoia, and collateral damage. Comey’s verdict that Hillary was “negligent” was met with sighs rather than shock. We know who Hillary and Bill are now. We’ve been held hostage to their predilections and braided intrigues for a long time. We’re resigned to the Clintons focusing on their viability and disregarding the consequences of their heedless actions on others. They’re always offering a Faustian deal. This year’s election bargain: Put up with our iniquities or get Trump’s short fingers on the nuclear button.’’
13625370_10154384805483631_1102148030421613686_n7.8 Henry Porter on VF.com: “The similarities between the invasion of Iraq and the Brexit vote are rather striking. First, the arrogance of Britain’s decision to storm Baghdad over the protestations of leaders in France and Germany, among other nations, is in line with some 40 years of uncooperative and aloof dealings with the country’s European partners. Second, just as Blair and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw failed to plan for the peace in Iraq, the Cameron government, which included ministers who campaigned to leave as well as remain, failed to devise a strategy for Britain’s departure from Europe. As I keep repeating with increasing astonishment, no one on either side of the debate thought to even sketch a post-conflict road map.’’
7.8 Bob Dylan at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
7.7 “ ‘You shouldn’t have taken it down,’ ” Mr. Trump told a campaign worker. “I said, ‘Too bad, you should have left it up.’ I would have rather defended it. That’s just a star.”
7.7 After police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, five police officers in Dallas who were protecting a protest march were shot and killed by a sniper. He late was killed by bomb-bearing police robot.
7.5 FBI Director James Comey: Mrs. Clinton and her team “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

DYLAN

IMG_0661On Friday night (July 8) my pal Dave Jensen and I saw Bob Dylan and his Band at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium. It was a treat to see the maestro, still a tremendous artist at 75. On an almost perfect evening, a vibrant, vigorous Mavis Staples opening the show (below right), and it was a treat to hear her power through `Slippery IMG_2073People’ and `For What It’s Worth’ and finally `I’ll Take You There’. Most excellent. Bob favored a broad brimmed hat, and moved about the stage in with a gait that seemed part shuffle, part skip. Dylan has been excavating the American songbook for the last year or so, and I can’t say it’s always been to my taste; it’s rather like visiting an extremely intelligent friend whom, you find, is currently immersed in the art of baking biscuits. Nothing wrong with that; it’s just that we’ve got a lot of biscuit bakers. There is still only one Bob. But this excursion seems to have done wonders for Dylan’s singing; it’s more ambitious, more expressive; he’s giving a broader vocal performance than I remember. This really paid off in the second part of the show, where he began singing about getting old. He played “Spirit on the Water’ (`You think I’m over the hill/ You think I’m past my prime/ Let me see what you got/ We can have a whoppin’ good time’); `Scarlet Town’ (`In Scarlet Town, the end is near’); “These Long and Wasted Years” (“We cried on a cold and frosty morn/ We cried because our souls were torn/ So much for tears/ So much for these long and wasted years”); and finally “Autumn Leaves” (`I miss you most of all my darling/ When autumn leaves start to fall’), written by Joseph Kosma and Jacques Prevert, with English lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Then, for his first encore, Dylan played “Blowing’ in the Wind.” I have never been a huge fan of the song, with its wise-beyond-its-years lyrics, but this was special. Singing with great expressivity in his old man’s croak, performing in this terrible week, Dylan brought a perplexed weariness to the song. I found it unbelievably moving.