From the daily archives: Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Gov. John Kasich has enjoyed over six years of seemingly sycophantic coverage by most of Ohio’s print legacy newspapers. Two in particular, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Columbus Dispatch, have covered Ohio’s 69th governor as if they were his adjunct public relations department.

But behold, The Toledo Blade [TTB], which in the past has shown it’s not as squeamish as its other colleagues among Ohio’s Big Eight newspapers to ruffle feathers in Columbus, dared to ruffle them again .

In its editorial penned today on the winter solstice, “The miracle vanishes,” TTB finally catches up to the drumbeat […]

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Sinclair Lewis: It Can Happen Here

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When Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here” was published in the mid-1930s the world was in a frightening mess. America was trying to survive the Great Depression. Hitler’s forces were menacing Europe. Where could one turn for relief from economic anxiety and poverty at home and savage repression elsewhere by Storm Troopers?

As Lewis writes in great detail, Americans’ turned to a U.S. senator named Berzelius Windrip from the Vermont town of Fort Beulah, hoisting him to the presidency in 1936. As he had promised, Windrip set out to overturn the political landscape with a radical plan to
make […]

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