Well, we kinda knew this was going to happen, but it’s still a pretty damn dark day for Our Democracy.
There seems reason for optimism, but in these crazy times, who knows how this all shakes out.
I can’t help but think about the comparison between the supposed choices right now. Our aggressively polarized tribalism has turned politics into a kind of social warfare rather than the effort to find social consensus.
Make no mistake, the Left share plenty of blame. The problems are systemic and universal in our culture.
But I can’t help but compare the Left and Right in terms of the values I — and our history and our literature —consider important.
- Racial equality
- Gender equality
- Respect for others
- Belief in facts and science
- Regard for education and expertise
- Regard for the rule of law
- Openness and tolerance
Given politics the last couple of decades, the scorecard for the Right doesn’t seem too good to me. The Left isn’t perfect, but it does a lot better in upholding these values.
The current administration and its cult members not only don’t uphold these values, they actively disdain them.
It really makes me wonder what’s happened to us.
When did racism, misogyny, fascism, contempt for the law, disdain for science, fear, hate, and blatant dishonesty, become acceptable values?
Did I miss a memo?
Stay safe, my friends! Go forth and spread beauty and light.