Remembering What Was Done to the Trump Administration

Plato’s enigmatic observation that knowledge is ἀνάμνησις (“recollection”) has pedestrian as well as esoteric applications.One pedestrian application is to reanimate condign anger that has been worn smooth by guile or numbing repetition.Remember the debacle at our consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012? Four Americans, including our ambassador to Libya, were killed by Muslim terrorists that night.If it all seems murky, you can thank the assiduous efforts of team Obama, which swung into action to dissemble, obfuscate, and outright lie in the aftermath of that disaster. The culmination of those efforts came with Hillary Clinton’s testimony before Congress.“What difference at this point does it make?” she angrily demanded.Did anyone have the gumption to challenge her?Not really.A little recollection might have come in handy on that occasion.That’s often the case.Trump AdministrationAnother instance: André Gide was right when he wrote that “Toutes choses sont dites déjà, mais comme personne n’écoute, il faut toujours recommencer.” “Everything has already been said, but as no one was listening, it is always necessary to start again.”Everyone who pays attention to politics knows what happened in the administration of Donald Trump.Trump and his circle were accused of colluding with the Russians (not to mention consorting with micturating Russian prostitutes).That lasted—the accusations—for nearly four years.Then came the 2020 election, oddness incarnate.

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