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Cruz Is No Willie Stark or Richard III

Ted Cruz? More Willie Stark crossed with Chevy Chase or Richard III played by Mr. Bean?

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The Hour Comes for the Great Wing Beat

In “Heart of Autumn,” Robert Penn Warren grapples with the meaning of life as he watches migrating Canadian geese.

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Trump’s Willie Stark Cynicism

Trump’s view of humanity resembles that of Warren’s Willie Stark: Everyone is corrupt. (And therefore no one is accountable.)

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Kavanaugh as Privileged Teen

Attempted rape accusations when Brett Kavanaugh was a teen invite comparisons to another privileged teen, Tom Stark in “All the King’s Men.”

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Jack Burden, We Need You on Kavanaugh

The GOP is currently hiding Judge Kavanaugh’s past in the George W. Bush White House. Needed is Jack Burden from “All the King’s Men.”

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Donald Trump as Willie Stark

Donald Trump calling out the GOP establishment is like Willie Stark calling out the Democratic establishment in “All the King’s Men.”

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Out of Denialism and into Responsibility

Denialism such as we are seeing with regard to climate change is well describe in “All the King’s Men.”

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Chris Christie as “Boss” Willie Stark

Chris Christie resembles Willie Stark in “All the King’s Men” in more than a few ways.

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Once We Memorized Poetry

Memorizing poetry used to be standard classroom practice and poetry was widely popular before the snobs came in.

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