It’s been almost a week since we heard calls for unity on Capitol Hill. That’s what tragedy means to politicians. It’s an opportunity for speeches and press releases. This kind of empty talk is probably as much togetherness as our senators and representatives can endure. Holding hands isn’t really their style and negative politics sells. Do we approve?
When should members of Congress be afraid of us? When we enter the voting booth. That’s where we get our chance to govern. After the Alexandria shootings they will be afraid, but their fear won’t have much to do with the consent of the governed.
There are millions, maybe trillions of miles between Capitol Hill and America.
Did Democrats make hate speech attractive? Our free society allows it within pretty broad limits, in part because hate speech means different things to different people. We learned from Kathy Griffin that at least one kind of expression is intolerable, in large part because it makes vehement anti-Trumpers look appallingly bad. That’s a good example because it set the stage for how we will react to yesterday’s shootings in Virginia.
Fear-mongering over immigration was the best thing Democrats had going for them until they decided Russia was more important than domestic policy. A lot more fear was spread by angry lawmakers than anything that came from the White House. In fact, something has been going on behind the scenes that we don’t hear much about. USCIS case processing for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has proceeded quietly in the background.