President Bush’s replacement of his chief of staff may, some feel, signal that he is willing to listen to those who say he must change if his party wants to survive the mid-term elections this fall and the Presidential elections in 1988.
Other feel the changes will be few and only cosmetic and that Bush will always be Bush.
In 1982, in a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, former Texas governor John Connally told me he thought the Warren Commission report on President John F. Kennedy’s death was a whitewash. But he never spoke out publicly about his doubts and believed that helping preserve the public deception was the best way to serve his country.
What does it mean to say someone is on the wrong side of history? Something like this, as best I can tell: History is moving discernibly and inevitably in a uniform, progressive, good direction, and if you hold to ideas or purposes contrary to that direction, you will find yourself more or less discarded, left by the wayside, a fossil of an era that was happily wiped out.
High school seniors across America are anxiously awaiting word from college admissions offices in the next few weeks. Most would probably be surprised to learn that less than one third of college students in the U.S. graduate in 4-6 years. The other two-thirds drop out for various reasons. So the odds are that two out of three high school students now worrying about getting into college might be headed in the wrong direction.
A striking feature of Anglo-American property law is that one can acquire good title to land by trespassing on it for long enough. In seeking to explain this doctrine of “adverse possession” — which goes back to the 13th century _ Oliver Wendell Holmes made an acute point about the relationship between legal rules and human psychology.