TrumpTrump5Trump2BentonDisoriented Americans, sunk into themselves, are increasingly defeated, and incapable of generating healthy leaders—and holding those in power accountable.

One has to go back to Appomattox, and Grant’s magnanimous accepting of Lee’s surrender in 1865, to see the last time America was truly great.

If the American people were more conscious of, and responsible for, their government’s actions, their last four presidents, 41-44, would be in prison for crimes against humanity.

In his memoirs on World War I, the British Prime Minister Lloyd George described Germany (in 1914) as having “a vast military establishment controlled by an irresponsible Government which having secretly planned to dominate the world, proceeded to carry the plan out.” Today the same could be said of the U.S. with none in the political class committed to changing the murderous/suicidal course.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Artwork: Thomas Hart Benton, 1930