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As American Historians go, I’ve always considered Michael Beschloss to be in the upper half of his field. While he is no David McCullough or Stephen Ambrose, he is no Howard Zinn either. His last three works, The Conquerors, Presidential Courage, and Presidents of War are, in my view, first-rate.
However, since his employment with MSNBC as a “contributor,” I have to wonder if he is a candidate for the insane asylum. Since I do not watch MSNBC (nor could you pay me to), I did not see any of his hyperbole but Joe Concha of FOX recently demonstrated to me what I’ve been missing.
It seems that shortly after the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Beschloss took to Twitter to compare Trump to convicted (and executed) spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. It was one of the most ludicrous remarks that I have ever heard; even by MSNBC standards.
A few days later, showing that his stupidity was the real deal, Beschloss compared Biden’s Philadelphia speech to Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided” speech before the Civil War and FDR’s “Four Freedoms” speech before World War II.
Absurdity such as this coming from a supposed scholar simply takes my breath away. Does Beschloss actually believe what he’s saying?
I have to wonder if he intends to publish another book; at least a book that purports to be about history. Does he actually believe that anyone will read it, that is, anyone outside the ruling class? Perhaps he hasn’t thought about that. Perhaps he will never write again, preferring to be an MSNBC hack. In neither case will he ever be believed again by those of us who still have functioning brains.
I realized while listening to Beschloss’s idiocy that, one by one, our respect for institutions (and the people of those institutions) is being permanently severed. One by one, they’ve fallen; the media, business professionals, medical, educational, even the military. The elite (both real and self-styled) have permanently walled themselves off from the middle class.
Some people will say it’s always been this way. Other people will blame Trump and/or the Pandemic for either creating the problem or making it worse. At this point, it makes little difference. The genie is out of the bottle and it will never be put back in.Published in