While I recognize that some illusions can be harmless or even useful in some cases, ultimately only the truth can set us free. It would be professional malpractice for me to tolerate illusions in any telling of history.

You remind me of a painful moment in one of the debates when HRC made a factual point about Lincoln, and Trump responded by invoking the myth of “Honest Abe.” Clinton lost not because lies are more powerful than the truth, but because a simple, clear message (even if false) can seem more compelling than a complex, muddled message (even if true). And because the perverse design of the Electoral College erased HRC’s popular vote advantage.

Written by

History, politics, education, music, culture. Award-winning high school teacher, former principal. College instructor. Seahawks Diehard. Twitter: @brian_mrbmkz

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store