There is a providence, goes the saying, that “protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.”

Providence was surely on America’s side when the treasonous Trump mob attacked our U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Vice President Mike Pence and his family were rushed to a secure area while the pursuing mob yelled, “Hang Mike Pence!” Had it not been for fortuitous timing, the Pence family might easily have ended up like the Romanov family at the hands of Lenin’s goons.

Had the mob caught up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — or any congressman or senator in the way — this could have played out like any bloody coup in a banana republic.

To be sure, five dead and hundreds (mostly police) injured was a terrible outcome. It easily could have been much worse.

As for Donald J. Trump’s culpability in all this, there is little question that he sowed its seeds long ago with his claims of a rigged election. There is certainly no doubt that he didn’t lift a finger to stop the mob at any point during its day of destruction.

As his impeachment trial continues, another quote comes to mind, this one by Abraham Lincoln.

“Must I shoot a simple-minded soldier boy who deserts, while I must not touch a hair of the wily agitator who induces him to desert? I think to silence the agitator and save the boy, is not only constitutional, but withal a great mercy.”

Trump may not be all that “wily” but he is surely beneath contempt. Republicans individually and as a party need to make that clear.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Have WMUR-TV and NH Public Radio caved to the wishes/demands/broadsides of Democratic shills and others who complain that New Hampshire’s governor shouldn’t be getting air time to impart COVID-19 information to the public?

The day after last week’s anniversary of the JFK assassination came an even lesser acknowledged calendar item. Nov. 23, 1804, was the birthday of Franklin Pierce, New Hampshire’s only U.S. President (to date, Gov. Sununu, to date).

Ahh, the glorious sights and sounds of late autumn in New Hampshire. The sights include the lawn signs demanding climate action NOW. The sounds, from dawn to dusk, include those coming from the leaf-blowing machines that attempt to defeat Mother Nature at her own game. Often, the same lawns …

Friday, November 26, 2021

If you are of a certain age, Thanksgiving is a reminder of a sad and solemn anniversary. On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

It was terrific welcoming the return of championship boxing to New Hampshire a week ago. Topping the card was the undefeated Rhode Island WBO middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, who scored a second round stoppage against game Irishman Jason Quigley.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig says she appreciates the work of InTown Manchester over the years. But she just doesn’t seem to know what that work might be or how it was paid for.

Friday, November 19, 2021

In the matter of vaccine mandates, some New Hampshire lawmakers who bridle at Joe Biden’s attempts to dictate to businesses have no problem in themselves telling business what they cannot do.