Up until now, we have been shielded in our country from many of the usual misfortunes.  Now we have begun to experience what hitherto we have only read of in books, like the Cult of the Leader.  In the advent of the current president we saw it in its God-Emperor mode; in the advent of another unmentionable person we are seeing it in its Swaggering Thug mode.

I should have said, what some of us have read of in books.  Too bad we think reading is outdated.  Too bad we think history is bunk.