We lost our chance to build the future. Those opportunities don’t come along every day, and we may not see another.
Rubio is writing his own indictment, tweet by tweet, acknowledging the imperative to challenge a Kleptocrat while propping up his own Kleptocrat.
We needed another Russell Kirk for the Age of Globalization. What we got instead was a series of amateur entertainers performing cartoon antics on their YouTube Channel to “own the libs.” We got the class and character of conservative leadership that the market was prepared to reward.
Now that the world has seen how feeble and vulnerable Trump is, the sharks are coming.
The Civil War isn’t over, and the good guys haven’t won yet.
The overwhelming bulk of Republican leaders know that Donald Trump is corrupt and incompetent. They worked quietly and ineffectively to stop him, and they would prefer to have someone else in charge. But they aren’t in this business to serve their country. A guy like Paul Ryan wouldn’t skip leg day at the gym to protect America.
When principle and patriotism came into conflict with personal gain, every single one of these hypocrites chose to protect and enrich themselves instead of serving their nation.
There is a sick symmetry to Kolfage’s scam. Fourteen years ago he was literally blown to pieces in a war that was, itself, a trillion-dollar con.
In time, we’ll likely recognize malformed social networks as a problem on par with income inequality or rural poverty. Ironically, the same social media technologies that helped create this problem probably hold our most promising solutions.
One day we might decide to confront the racism at the core of our American experiment. Until then, it remains a lever to be pulled by ambitious cynics, a lingering threat to our health and survival.