“How Would Churchill Tweet?” appeared in National Review, 12 August 2017.
Since President Trump has taken office, the public has quickly learned to get its political news from a novel source—namely, the President’s Twitter account.
The move to this platform represents a shift in the nature of politics, both for good and for ill. Trump might be among the first political leaders to use this medium to attack opponents or make major announcements. He is certainly not the first to utilize the kind of brevity the platform requires to make his points.
Such brevity also characterized the rhetorical style of Winston Churchill, whose wit, humor and insight complemented his decisive and effective political leadership.…
Mr. Brent Budowski adds to the long list of Churchill comparisons over the Syria tragedy by comparing President Obama to Sir Winston (The Hill, September 13th). Senators Ted Cruz (R., Tex.), and Rand Paul (R., Ky.), and Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) “literally offer no policy and no ideas about how to stop the slaughter of innocent people with chemical weapons.”
Obama by contrast “has made the hard call and proposed the strong action that would take a real stand and make a real difference.” Just like Churchill in the 1930s, “when the Spanish fascists with support from Hitler and Mussolini began their attacks against the Republican government of Spain.”
Really, these Churchill comparisons need to stop.…