It occurs to me that one consequence of the election of Donald Trump has been to turn up the heat on politics in this country.
Trump’s election is both a result of greater anger on the part of many voters, and of more willingness to take risks and vote for someone highly unconventional; and a cause of greater anger on the part of the opposition.
That last sentence is observation only, rather than an assignment of blame to Trump. He is a lightning rod for various feelings that have been brewing for a long long time.
A lot of people compare what’s going on at present to the turmoil of the Sixties. I don’t see it that way. I actually think things are worse now, but perhaps that’s because I was young then—and although I was paying attention to events, I wasn’t quite as involved in the news of the day (and its details) as I am now. What I see at present is a more basic undermining of the social contract and the rule of law, and a more profound lack of knowledge on the part of much of the populace about the underpinnings of our government and what makes this country special.
Extremely distressing and disturbing. That’s why, no matter what the topic du jour on which I’m writing may be, there’s an underlying concern that’s become extreme.
But perhaps it’s just mud season—although the mud got covered over with quite a bit of snow this past weekend. But March snow melts pretty quickly, even in New England.