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Historian of Our Times

Updated on September 17, 2019
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Before retiring, Jack worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 120,000 views.


In terms of historical significance, what profession is the most valuable for a society? Is it the President? Or the Supreme Court Justices, or the Legislators who enacted important legislation? Or is it the person that studied and propagated the knowledge learned from our own history. The historian has an important role if not the most important of preserving our past and moving us forward. He is uniquely qualified to teach us and the next generation on how to govern.

- Sept. 2019


It is George Santayana, the philosopher, who commented “those who does not know their history are doomed to repeat it...” It is important for all of us to first learn our history, and second to make sure we don’t make the same mistake of the past. The current crop of Democratic candidates running for President in 2020 are a reminder. They seem to throw back to socialism of the 1930’s. The ideas being promoted are not new. They are the same failed policies. It seems every generation, creates a revival of these old concepts. Our public schools have done a poor job of teaching the students about our past...our successes and failures.

Here we are again, in 2019, talking about income inequality, crony capitalism, greed and excesses... and the welfare state.

The Improving Economy...

Since the election of Trump in 2016, the economic condition of everyone in this country has improved. The wealth and net-worth of everyone has increased. The profits of corporations has gone up. Jobs has increased. Wages has risen. People have gotten off the welfare roll. Food stamps usages is declining. By every economic metrics, things are getting much better.

Why have the media ignored this success story?

The Election of 2020 - Capitalism vs. Socialism

I wonder what future historians will write about this current period. In 2019, we have 20 Democratic candidates fighting to win the nomination to challenge Trump in 2020.

Each with a far left socialist agenda trying to tell us Capitalism is unfair. It is hard for me to believe that this next election is a rematch of Capitalism vs. Socialism. Haven’t we seen this movie before? Many times? After the fall of the Soviet Union, the reunification of East and West Germany, Cuba, Venezuela, and would think the world has learned the lesson that socialism does not work.

The Corruption and Abuses at the FBI and the DOJ...

A bigger story of the Obama administration will be the corruption of our many government agencies. From the IRS to the EPA to the FBI, and the DOJ and the NSA, many department’s senior officials have been politicized and used their power to influence policy. It ended with the ultimate corruption of our election process by inserting the narrative that Trump won in 2016 because of Russian collusion.

After two and a half years of Mueller investigation, $30 million spent, nothing was found. Many FBI senior officials were either fired or resigned.

The IG report will be out soon and more is to come. I would not be surprised if a few high ranking officials will be charged with crimes against the republic.

The Impeachment Drumbeat...

As we speak, there are Democrats in Congress calling for the impeachment of Trump. On what charge? They don’t know and they don’t care. They think it is obvious that Trump is not fit to be President, even though he was duly elected. What will they do when he is re-elected in 2020?

The Rallies...

Here is one fact the media and the public is ignoring. Trump is popular and energized. All you need to do is show up at one of his rallies. You will see the crowds...the excitement...the energy...and the support he draws.

The media never got Trump. They never try to understand his success. They try to portray him as a caricature of an evil man. The problem is, he is not that caricature of a person. He is a complex individual with many facets. He is by no means perfect but he is smart, he is media savvy, he knows how to fight back. Something other GOP candidates of past lack.

The Silent Conversions...

Another fact this is portent of bad news for the Democrats. There are numerous signs of people coming out supporting Trump who were silent in the past. Many are Democrats and independents. Many are minorities from the poor inner cities. They are getting the message even though the media are not.


Historians will have a field day writing about this period of our history. Not only because of the unusual presidency of Trump, but also how he has beaten the media in their own game. He has also caused the most serious affliction of TDS with his detractors.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Jack Lee


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