The ideals embodied in the founding documents always have been at war with reality. I regard it as my responsibility as a citizen to do my part to move reality closer to the ideals. I’m prepared to break bread with center-right anti-Trump folks who feel that responsibility.
The space between us is shrinking, and we don’t know how to live together this closely. That’s it in a nutshell.
It’s like most of us are standing on a bridge watching the water, and once in awhile there’s some tumult on the surface, but we can’t figure out completely what it means, and we have to guess at what must be going on in the depths.
We’re all very clear at this point on who the man is. We’re also very clear on who’s willing to do anything about it. All that’s left now is to vote. And we’ll see whether we have a durable, decent republic. The outcome is uncertain.
If the federal government were the Navy, most of the White House and the Hill leadership would be relieved of command for dereliction of duty.
I think I won’t see in my lifetime a sensible national regime of gun regulation that accommodates the interests of responsible gun owners but meaningfully reduces the number of guns out on the streets.
You know what’s really eating at Trump? It’s almost mid-October, so we’re closing in on the one-year mark of his Presidency. And he’s made a total hash of it. He has nothing. Nothing. Except the fights he’s picked with decency. That’s what’s eating him. And he doesn’t know what to do about it. He’s clueless. Of course, he could start a war with Rocket Boy.
Evangelicalism as practiced today in places like Roy Moore’s Alabama is built on a foundation of ironies, not the least of which is that the one man in the United States most likely to have a place already reserved in Hell — assuming there is a Hell along the lines they profess to be confident exists — is Donald Trump, to whom they have pledged their eternal support.
I think we ought to give the white identity culture and the evangelicals and the conservative Catholics everything they want. Let Alabama be Alabama and so forth. We withdraw to a subset of the states with strong blue majorities, radically reduce the size and authority of the federal government, set up hard borders, and allow visits from red-state residents only after extreme vetting.
We live in a country in which the political leadership regards an NRA score as more important than life itself.