Two hundred and fifty participants of the OLLI educational program began the 2017-18 school year with a presentation on the Trump presidency after seven months. The title, “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly,” provided a framework for a view of what has gone right, gone wrong and what the politics is producing, which in America today tends to be ugly.
The 1966 Spaghetti Western, which was initially mostly criticized as too vulgar and too violent, is now recognized as bringing a new and much copied style into the American Western film genre. The film offers an instructive framework for the political era we are in. Today, anti-heroes rule, the language is caustic, the demonstrations and the talk shows are more violent, and everyone is against the establishment. In the Sergio Leone film, the anti-heroes fought law enforcement, the army and each other, and today, it is anything from Washington.
The nature of the presidency and how historians judge it began the presentation, followed by a review of the: