Fortunately, with the Trump administration’s recent decision to withdraw the previous administration’s bathroom-access guidelines for educational institutions, there is an opening, and the time is ripe for battle. Notwithstanding interference from the legislative and judicial branches, the battle for truth going forward will probably be fought on decentralized battlefields: in states, localities, and on school boards. Lovers of truth cannot expect an easy victory, decreed from on high. Like St. Joseph’s, all must be prepared to shun falsehood and to defend the truth.
The basis for the dramatic conflict in Death of a Salesman lies in Arthur Miller’s conflicted relationship with his uncle, Manny Newman, also a salesman. Newman imagined a continuous competition between his son and Miller. Newman refused to accept failure and demanded the appearance of utmost confidence in his household. In his youth, Miller had written a short story about an unsuccessful salesman. His relationship with Manny revived his interest in the abandoned manuscript. He transformed the story into one of the most successful dramas in the history of the American stage. In expressing the emotions that Manny Newman inspired through the fictional character of Willy Loman , Miller managed to touch deep chords within the national psyche.