The Austin bomber is dead. The Maryland school shooter is dead. But that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a great deal of chatter about it. We have much to unpack from both incidents yesterday and this morning. Including some questions about things that went barely noticed in the reports I have seen.
I have said it many, many times: the biggest error a historian – or anyone appealing to history – can make, is to judge a culture buy their own values and practices.
And yet, every day I hear people who have “studied history” explain to me how the past “got it wrong,” and if only they (the past) had been as smart as the speaker, things would be different – meaning “better” – today. “If I had been there, it would have been done right,” they so often say.
“If I had been there in 1787, we’d have gotten it right!”
Even short term history is treated as if it is an absolute exercise in cause and effect: “The United States didn’t need to drop the atomic bomb. Doing so destabilized the world and led directly to the Cold War.”Continue reading →
One stands above the others, Hawking’s book – A Brief history of Time – came out at a time when I was drifting pretty aimlessly. The combination of the three books made a huge impact, but it was Hawking’s that… well… made it into a unified theory.Continue reading →
When I “met” (in the sense of the internet and how we “meet” people in the 21st Century), Tim and his show were located in Wisconsin, the heart of America where the real Americans live. Like me though, he pined for the fjords, wait… that was just me and Cami.Continue reading →
No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been encreased during such time…….no Person holding any Office under the United States, shall be a Member of either House during his Continuance in Office. – Article 1 Section 6
After their experience in the American revolution and years of watching Kings buy their way to policy, the Framers believed that a simple and even elegant solution was to simply ban the ability of a single person to hold Office both civilly and in the government. Makes sense, right?
So how did we get to the place where the Article is routinely “ignored” and senators become Secretaries?