A lot of interesting things have happened on July 20th. In 1890, it snowed and hailed on that day in Maine. Exactly 40 years later, it got to 106 Farenheit in Washington D.C.
On July 20, 1944, Hitler survived an assassination attempt which might have shortened the war and saved millions of lives. On the very same day, the Democrats nominated Franklin Roosevelt to run for a 4th term, and that will never happen again thanks to a constitutional amendment. In 1962, the Russians sent two dogs up in space, and brought them back safely to earth. Exactly seven years later, on July 20, 1969, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the first human footprints on the moon, and they’re still there.
And let the record show that on July 20, 2016, the Republicans in the U.S., who love to remind us that they are the ‘party of Lincoln’, dared to nominate Donald Trump for President. It’s difficult to rank all those events in terms of historical importance, but I think it’s safe to say that the last entry is not what you would call a forward step.
Shouldering a large measure of the blame this week is a New York writer named Tony Schwartz. He was hired by The Donald to ghostwrite his bestselling 1987 memoir called The Art of the Deal. He spent 18 months with Trump, getting to know him better than anyone other than family.
Schwartz then faded into obscurity, but now he feels compelled to speak out. In an interview with the New Yorker he says “I genuinely believe that if Trump wins in November, and gets hold of the nuclear codes, there is an excellent possibility that it could lead to the end of civilization.”
Wow! The entire New Yorker article is 6,880 words, which Schwartz tells us is longer than any book that The Donald has ever sat down to read. The piece should be required reading for any Americans who are having trouble deciding what to do in November.
I’m Roger Currie.
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