FINALLY! After spending most of the evening yakking on the phone with various folks, I just did manage to get “All pretense: abandoned” up before deadline. It’s something of a recapitulation of last Friday’s theme, more or less. A wee dram:
The old truism comes into play here: Some people just need killing. Ultimately, then, it isn’t so much about “concern for life” as it is choosing sides—it’s either Good or Evil, there are no others. Once decent, civilized people have witnessed Evil showing itself for what it truly is, it’s not even really a choice. By definition, Good must stand in opposition to it, if only rhetorically.
And so here we all are. Thanks to some extremely foolhardy choices by our political “leadership,” Evil is no longer geographically confined to its historical lair in some far-flung locale. It has been brought here to live cheek-by-jowl with us; it walks our very streets, has secured a beach-head for itself in our cities, our towns, our neighborhoods, even. Our federal institutions and agencies are rife with this particular Evil; our culture has contorted itself into veritable Gordian knots so as to accommodate it.
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