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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 08:17 PM

Don't Let Trump Make You Numb to What's Unacceptable.

'Our species has an ability to adapt. Now’s not the time.

The problem with being a frog in a beaker is that you may not notice the water temperature rising to a boil.

Humans, too. In New Delhi, people get used to air that is filthy. In Syria, to checkpoints. In Angola, to corruption. In China, to propaganda. And in America, we risk becoming numbed to a political, social and moral breakdown.

Scandal and dysfunction dribble out from Washington day by day, numbing us so that we may forget just how unprecedented and outrageous the trends are. It was only five years ago that Fox News was deploring a “shocking” and “desperate” presidential scandal that Republican Representative Peter King described as inexcusable: Barack Obama wore a tan suit! Now we can’t even keep track of how many countries President Trump has asked to do him political favors.

I’ve been traveling abroad, so I’ve been asking journalists and officials how they see America, and from a distance they offer blunt assessments. “If your president isn’t a Manchurian candidate,” one senior European official said, “he’s doing a pretty good imitation of one.”

That distance can be useful to see the big picture. To resist complacency, let’s take stock:'


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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 08:38 PM

1. Was overseas a month ago and people asked me what happened to America?

I was embarrassed being an American because of our President for the first time. It is now a humbling experience.

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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 08:42 PM

2. I'm sure it is. No plans to travel, so not worrying about that,

'just' about my grandkids' futures.

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