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Opinion

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Seventeenth-century poet and intellectual John Milton predicted, “When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation.” Gore Vidal, his 20th-century intellectual successor, elaborated saying: “As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate.” Sloppy language permits people to get away with speaking and doing all manner of destructive nonsense without being challenged.

This election’s October surprise came in September, just as early voting began in the first few states. The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only upends the next six weeks before Election Day, but also could turn the 11 weeks between Election Day and Inauguration Day into a time of deep peril for the nation.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is committing $100 million of his considerable fortune to help Democrat Joe Biden win Florida, a key swing state that could determine the election. Pres. Donald Trump won Florida’s 29 electoral votes by a single percentage point in 2016, and polls show the state is once again on a razor’s edge.

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Sunday, September 20, 2020