Since April, I have read all of the archived presidential remarks made by President Trump about the coronavirus. I wanted, simply, to see if I could tell the story of the president’s response to the pandemic by attaching quotes from him talking about it to the numbers of cases and deaths, one statement or exchange from each official White House event where he talked about Covid-19 and America’s response to it. The thread is over 290 posts. The sheet I use to collect potential posts has over 75,000 of the president’s words on it, “a tiny percentage” of the total…


How the President’s Best Words Betray His Insecurities

In 2015, as a candidate in the running to become the Republican nominee for President of the United States of America, Donald Trump said, “I know words. I have the best words.” Since April, I have read all of them that he has used to talk about the coronavirus. I will not judge if they have been “the best” or not, but I will admit they have been a lot. And more plentiful than I had anticipated when I started this endeavor. Frankly, as the president would say, I did not pause…


In June of 1973, a Republican senator from the state of Tennessee serving on the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities (aka The Watergate Committee) asked of former White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon, John Dean, “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”

Twenty-two years prior, that senator’s father, Howard Baker, Sr., then a representative for Tennessee’s 2nd District, was introduced to a 10-year old boy named Lamar Alexander. As Alexander tells it, the elder Howard Baker gave him a dime and he never forgot it.

Nearly 20 years on from there, that same Lamar…


As the United States of America, we find ourselves at yet another fork in the road, one which will determine if we are a nation devoted to the rule of law and to our Constitution… or something else. The tines of the fork point one way to impeachment and, in the opposite direction, to executive power. As the players take to their sides and leave us, the citizens of this American experiment, somewhere off to the side, I thought to take stock of where my representatives in Washington D.C. stand on the matters presently underfoot.

I live in Tennessee. All…

Steven Heit

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