WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
Plus a bonus: This morning, at the coffee joint, a person we know from the coffee joint asked us a thoughtful question.
"Tell us, rabbi," she said. "Is this enough to get him impeached?"
We assumed she must mean Donald J. Trump. Thoughtfully, we answered:
"You have two choices," we thoughtfully said. "He'll get impeached, or he'll start a nuclear war. This can't go on forever."
As we left, we reassured her. "It won't be today," we said.
Could Donald J. Trump start a nuclear war? Actually, yes, he could. We aren't saying that he will. We're just saying that no one can seriously assure the world that he won't.
That's our first key point. Our second key point is this:
We hear the sound of cultural and tribal triumph in the air. The system is starting to work! The resistance [sic] is succeeding!
Carbon-based life-forms, please! The fact that Trump is where he is shows that the system has failed. Stating the obvious, the system has grotesquely failed over the past twenty-five years. This brings us to our third key point, and to our bonus point:
Over here in the liberal world, we're unable to conceive of the fact that we have massively failed. We think the error must all be Over There. In this way, we continue to fail.
Can we really hope to survive a world of partisan media? A world in which every tribe gets to hear its own twaddle? Gets to believe the myth of its own tribal brilliance? The arrow keeps pointing to no.
Could Donald J. Trump start a nuclear war? In our view, he seems to be highly disordered, which of course is always a loss for the world. For that reason:
In our view, yes, he plainly could—which isn't to say that he will.
Full disclosure: We like that person at the coffee joint. At some point, we all have to decide:
Do we like people, or not?