Friday, May 26, 2017


In short, there's simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Camelot.
— Alan Jay Lerner

At a Harvard symposium on John F. Kennedy last month, the school's president, historian Drew Faust, lamented today's war on expertise.

"Kennedy's appeal for recognition of what he called the mutual dependence of the worlds of intellectuals and politicians, his call for a central role for learning and expertise, these are all too timely today," she said.

I too miss a leader who relishes learning.

"Leadership and learning," JFK said, "are indispensable to each other."

Right now we're led by an inarticulate and unhinged narcissist who is bent on destroying all trust in science, economics, statesmanship, politics, rhetoric, reporting, truth-telling, governing, and the arts, and who has less sense of history than a crayfish.

Trump's world: no spot for happily-ever-altering.

Honk if you miss JFK.

NOTE: May 29 marks the centennial of JFK's birth.
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