What kind of nation are we living in when 47 percent of a sample of admitted Republicans respond to a NYTimes/CBS poll question by saying they don’t believe President Obama was born in the US? Opinion columnist Timothy Egan of the NYTimes lays out the dangers of demagogues like Donald Trump in today’s paper. He mentions George Stephanopoulos of ABC TV recently confronting the bizarre Republican US Rep. Bachmann with proof of the President’s birth in Hawaii. “Well, then that should settle it, ” she said. Fat chance for people who apparently don’t want it to be true. As we observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, such contemporary social behavior should be a concern to all. Read his column here, and get the NYT if you want more.