Reader, I have a confession to make. In the year of (not my) Lord 2004, I apostasized from the faith of my fathers and, for the first and only time in my life, voted for the Republican presidential candidate. Incredible as it is to remember in 2021, that was the incumbent George W. Bush, reviledContinue reading “Political ‘Tribalism’ in America and the Conversion Experience”
Calling me a “degenerate jew,” an anonymous emailer gloated that they would send “Kyle” out to “take out the trash again.”
The expected acquittals come on top of the movement that began last year, in Republican-dominated state legislatures, to legalize the vehicular murder of left-wing protestors.
Can we any longer avert mass bloodshed? I fear the answer to this question. Most Americans, unless they are actually immigrants from countries wracked by civil war, have no conception of what such a state of affairs would mean.
The mob that sacked the U.S. Capitol tore the veil asunder, and showed Uncle Sam to be nothing but a feeble, senescent old man who refuses even to admit that his life is coming to a close.
A new civil war would not be a replay of our first civil war, because whatever red-and-blue tiles or mosaics you may have seen, there is no way of geographically amputating “red” America; our future would look like present-day Syria or Iraq, with armed militias on every streetcorner and itchy-trigger-finger boys manning ubiquitous checkpoints.
The Constitution built in grave failures, moral and practical, from its very beginning, and has been completely and dangerously obsolete for three generations.
The federal government barely considers those who nearly overthrew it, in a fascist coup attempt, to have committed a minor crime, and is granting them impunity so that they may rally others to their side and try again.
We have an atmosphere of impunity for participants in a fascist putsch, many of whom were heavily armed, a sullen ex-dictator plotting an even worse comeback, a huge and widely supportive milieu for further violence, and a federal government divided against itself and apparently unwilling or unable to defend itself.
Nobody likes to admit they were wrong, and professional politicians face career-ending cries of betrayal and hypocrisy if they do.