30 years ago, a friend described G Will as “an anachronism with an unhealthy fascination for baseball.”

Maybe it’s just that bullies like things simple, and they like their leaders to wear a highly visible hat or carry a flag so they can throw things (money, spears or rocks) in a generally effective direction (baseball or politics?).

Joe Bageant (RIP) would have probably made an analogy about the Scotch-Irish highlander influence on American exceptionalism and our fascination with living in fortified mountain enclaves worshipping war gods, occasionally raiding someone’s sacramental wine cellar down below.

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