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As it happens, the best hope now is not Biden’s ability to summon the better angels of our nature with a soaring speech.

To the contrary, the new president’s modest oratorical gifts – the fact that he is by modern political standards a bit boring – can be a powerful asset.

JOHN F. HARRIS
Politico
Jan. 19, 2121

‘Crisis Of Credibility’ Calls For New Ideas, New Leaders
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‘Crisis Of Credibility’ Calls

For New Ideas, New Leaders

‘I don’t think globalization is coming to an end. I think the global system is in crisis. I think every major institution in our society is in crisis …

“I think the (World Health Organization) is a discredited organization. I think the White House is a discredited institution.

“I’m sorry to say this because I know it’s your former employer: I think the New York Times does not have the credibility it once had. It reads like the Guardian or the Nation. It doesn’t read like a newspaper.

“There is a crisis of credibility and trust.

“I don’t think that means institutions are going to go away. What it means is those institutions are going to need new leaders who have a different world view.”

MICHAEL SHELLENGER
“Apocaplyse Never” author
Interviewed on C-Span.

It’s Still Unclear What Biden, Harris Can Do
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It’s Still Unclear What

Biden, Harris Can Do

President Biden and Vice President Harris are featured on the cover of this week’s Time magazine as “Person of the Year.”

All new Presidents inherit messes from their predecessors, but Biden is the first to have to think about literally decontaminating the White House.

Combatting the pandemic is only the start of the challenge, at home and abroad. There are alliances to rebuild, a stimulus package to pass, a government to staff.

Biden’s advisers are preparing a slew of Executive Orders: restoring the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, rejoining the Paris Agreement, reversing the so-called Muslim ban and more.

Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan aims to revitalize the virus-wracked economy – which some analysts say is unlikely to fully recover until 2023 – by investing in infrastructure, education and childcare. “I think if my plan is able to be implemented,” Biden says, “it’s gonna go down as one of the most progressive Administrations in American history.”

Much of what Biden hopes to do, from Cabinet appointments to legislation, will have to pass a more divided Senate than the one he left a dozen years ago.

If Republicans win at least one of Georgia’s two Senate seats in Jan. 5 runoffs, the fate of his agenda will be in the hands of Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell, who, like most GOP members of Congress, has refused even to acknowledge his victory.

Biden’s relationships and peace offerings may not be worth much in this climate, says his friend William Cohen, a former GOP Senator. Republicans “will be watching not him but Donald Trump, and acting just as much out of fear of (Trump) in the future as they have in the past.”

As in the campaign, the GOP is likely to amplify controversy surrounding Biden’s son Hunter, who on Dec. 9 released a statement acknowledging his tax
affairs are under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Delaware.

CHARLOTTE ALTER,
with reporting by Alana Abramson, Brian Bennett, Vera Bergengruen,
Madeleine Carlisle, Leslie Dickstein, Alejandro de la Garza, Simmone Shah,
Lissandra Villa, Olivia B. Waxman and Julia Zorthian
2020 PERSON OF YEAR
TIME MAGAZINE
Dec. 21, 2020

Adams Lost AFter One Term, But Eventually Got Over It
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Adams Lost After One Term,

But Eventually Got Over It

(After retiring, one-term President John) Adams led a quiet life, tending to his farm, while Jefferson’s presidency came and went. Twelve years after he left Washington, Adams finally snapped out of his funk and sent a letter to his old rival…

Jefferson wrote back immediately, remembering the long years in which “we were fellow laborers in the same cause.” For the next 14 years, a fountain of prose gushed from these two master stylists, divided in politics but reunited in friendship.

Much of it was personal – proud parents discussing their children and grandchildren, lamenting losses, complaining of small ailments as they aged. In his last letter, Jefferson used the Greek word “Argonaut” to describe their long journey together, and their correspondence retained a grandeur befitting two patriarchs who had weathered so much on behalf of the same cause.

Adams and Jefferson died, with startling fidelity to the cause and to each other, on the same day: July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration on which they had labored together…

Even before their unforgettable joint exit, the two former rivals had done a great deal to deepen democracy. We often think of their earlier contributions – the first stirrings of independence and the presidencies that helped a young country to find its footing.

Yet the friendship that Adams and Jefferson formed in their old age was just as meaningful and showed the world that Americans could lose gracefully and find comfort in their commitment to shared principles.

Prof. TED WIDMER
Wall Street Journal
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 5 – 6

GORSUCH: Acupuncture = Churches
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Acupuncture = Churches

(Under Governor Cuomo’s COVID-19 regulations), churches and synagogues are limited to a maximum of 25 people. These restrictions apply even to the largest cathedrals and synagogues, which ordinarily hold hundreds. And the restrictions apply no matter the precautions taken, including social distancing, wearing masks, leaving doors and windows open, forgoing singing, and disinfecting spaces between services.

At the same time, the Governor has chosen to impose no capacity restrictions on certain businesses he considers “essential.” And it turns out the businesses the Governor considers essential include hardware stores, acupuncturists, and liquor stores. Bicycle repair shops, certain signage companies, accountants, lawyers, and insurance agents are all essential too.

So, at least according to the Governor, it may be unsafe to go to church, but it is always fine to pick up another bottle of wine, shop for a new bike, or spend the afternoon exploring your distal points and meridians.

Who knew public health would so perfectly align with secular convenience?

NEIL J. GORSUCH
Supreme Court Justice
Concurring on
Diocese of Brooklyn
vs. Andrew M. Cuomo

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Identity Politics Big Loser
FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Identity Politics Big Loser

It wasn’t clear by Wednesday afternoon who had won the White House, but one bad idea was soundly defeated on Tuesday: identity politics. The concept that the country should be divided into
aggrieved categories based on race, national origin or sex – now a core tenet of the Democratic Party –
lost from coast to coast.

It lost in Miami-Dade County, Fla., where Cuban-Americans delivered votes for President Trump. We don’t know the final margin, but some polls going into the election had the president leading among Cuban- American voters by a margin as wide as 38 points. Identity politics also lost in Osceola County, near Orlando, where Mr. Trump appears to have done better than expected among Puerto Rican voters.

Identity politics lost in South Texas: Zapata County, 95 percent Mexican-American, went for Hillary Clinton by 33 points in 2016 – but Mr. Trump won with 52.5 percent this time. Throughout the Rio Grande Valley, President Trump did better in 2020 than in 2016.

Identity politics even took it on the chin in California: Voters defeated an attempt to revoke Proposition 209, the 1996 ballot measure that bans the use of race, national origin or sex by state universities and other agencies. The left has spent almost a quarter-century trying to reverse that decision, but its latest attempt lost handily.

MIKE GONZALEZ
Wall Street Journal
Thursday, Nov. 6

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4

Holiday Decorations At The Fenimore

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Thank you to all the Christmas Angels who have sponsored a family this holiday season.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 12:30 p.m. Join members of Lake & Valley Garden club for lunch followed by tour of this years holiday decorations, discuss how they are chose, what plants are used, how they work with the museum to introduce the holiday spirit. Cost, $32/non-member. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Explore The Autumn Constellations

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ASTRONOMY – 7:30 – 9 p.m. Learn to find the North Star, Cygnus, Draco, other constellations in the autumn sky with nothing but your eyes. Astrology lovers have probably visited a planetarium or even use led projectors to create their own at home, but this is the real deal. Perfect for those who have never before witnessed the majesty of a starry sky. Bring blankets or a chair, dress warmly. Free. Mohican Farm, 7207 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-282-4087 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/naked-eye-astronomy-the-autumn-sky/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1

Percussive Dance Of North America

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LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Join Mick Moloney for 2018 Buckley Lecture. Learn about Percussive Dance Traditions in North America ranging from Appalachian, African American flat foot, clogging to Irish sean nos, step dance. Donations welcome. 607-547-2586.

HISTORY SERIES – 7 p.m. “Scots-Irish Immigration and Defense of the Colonial New York Frontier including the Cherry Valley Massacre, 1740 to 1778” by Terry McMaster, independent historian whose research focuses on American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley, settlement patterns, family connections, border warfare along New York’s western frontier. Suggested donation, $5. Fort Plain Museum, 389 Canal St., Fort Plain. 518-993-2527 or visit www.fortplainmuseum.com/viewevent.aspx?ID=1032

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

Pony Palooza!

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PONY PALOOZA – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Horse rescue opens doors for family friendly celebration. Includes pony hugs, tours, games, local vendors, rides, food, face painting, more. Rosemary Farm, 1646 Roses Brook Road, South Kortright. 607-538-1200 or visit www.facebook.com/RosemaryFarm/

HOPS FOR HISTORY – 2 – 8 p.m. Downtown venues offer food pairings with local beers. Tickets, $30 day-of. Available only at Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3

Performance Of Sophocles ‘Antigone’

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SHAKESPEARE – 7 p.m. Hartwick Theater Arts Department presents production of “Antigone” by American Shakespeare Center. Reservations required. Slade Theater, Yager Hall, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4227 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-presents-american-shakespeare-centers-antigone/

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – 12:30 p.m. Lecture “Seen and Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham” with Kevin Gray, Manager of Arts Education & photographer. Cost, $30/non-member. Study Center, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

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