The Atlantic disinters James Russell Lowell,endorses Hillary Clinton, with assistance from Lincoln and of L.B.J. American Writer comments

One only confronts this kind of exercise in self-congratulation in the pronouncements of Donald Trump. Or his predecessors like Mitt Romney, John McCain or Bush the Younger. Not a James Russell Lowell to be found! In either the Democratic or Republican Party nor at The Atlantic. The editors point to their antecedents’ endorsement of Lincoln and of LBJ as some kind of exercise of ‘sound political judgement’. On LBJ, recall the Vietnam War? Recall the reign of the cliche of ‘The Best and The Brightest’? Refer to McNamara, the Bundy brothers and their supporters in the popular press: the Alsop Brothers?These men dubbed The WASP Ascendancy by Joe Alsop, warmonger-in-chief! You could use a reading list:

Joe Alsop’s Cold War: A Study of Journalistic Influence and Intrigue by Edwin Yoder
The Color of Truth: McGeorge Bundy and William Bundy: Brothers in Arms by Kai BirdThe Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington by Gregg Herken

 The pernicious legacy of LBJ: unexploded munitions, cluster bombs, and Agent Orange! That legacy continues to this very day, in lost limbs and children born with horrific deformities!  To the Editors of The Atlantic: you are cowards in service to the lie of Hillary Clinton’s political virtue, although covered in self-serving equivocations: always the self-serving patois, the tool of lawyers and technocrats!
Let me quote Joseph Welch to Joe McCarthy: “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
American Writer

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