A Conservative on Surviving Trump’s Presidency

‘Precisely because the problem is one of temperament and character, it will not get better. It will get worse, as power intoxicates Trump and those around him. It will probably end in calamity—substantial domestic protest and violence, a breakdown of international economic relationships, the collapse of major alliances, or perhaps one or more new wars (even with China) on top of the ones we already have. It will not be surprising in the slightest if his term ends not in four or in eight years, but sooner, with impeachment or removal under the 25th Amendment. The sooner Americans get used to these likelihoods, the better. …’

Source: Eliot A. Cohen, The Atlantic. Cohen is a dyed-in-the-wool conservative and former adviser to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He minces no words about Trump’s outrages and about how bad it will get, but still maintains his faith that American values will survive the onslaught. A must-read in full. 

Five Books to Change Conservatives’ Minds

‘After reading these books, conservatives are hardly likely to rush out and volunteer to work for the Democratic Party. But they will end up a lot more humble. They’ll also have a far better understanding of why so many of their fellow citizens disagree with them — and on one or two issues, they might even change their minds.’

Source: Cass Sunstein, Bloomberg View

Five Books to Change Liberals’ Minds

‘Having read these books, you might continue to believe that progressives are more often right than wrong, and that in general, the U.S. would be better off in the hands of Democrats than Republicans. But you’ll have a much better understanding of the counterarguments — and on an issue or two, and maybe more, you’ll probably end up joining those on what you once saw as “the other side.” ‘

Source: Cass Sunstein, Bloomberg View