Slickery, Dickery

“Someday they’re going to study this era in American history and they’re gonna study it alongside the Know-Nothing movement, and they’re gonna ask the question of all of us: ‘Where were you in 2017, when we had the worst president in the history of the United States?'” – Tom Perez, DNC Chair

 

Phillips’s conclusion is that those bewildered by current political affairs simply haven’t looked far enough back into history. “One can’t possibly make sense of [current events] unless you know something about nativism,” he says. “That requires you to go back in time to the Know Nothings. You have to realize the context is different, but the themes are consistent. The actors are still the same, but with different names.”

 

How the 19th-Century Know Nothing Party Reshaped American Politics
Smithsonian

 


 

Slickery, Dickery
Donald J. Trump must be
quite undeniably
clearly the worst
POTUS in history.
Slathered with mystery,
incontrovertible
truth stays submersed.

© 2017 Susan E. Eckenrode

 


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