Illinois and California have a lot of things in common. Many are not good, although we are told we must believe they are necessary and good for us. Both states tax too much so they can spend too much. They confuse the need to collect money with the values they try to force on their residents.
We had a lot on our plate this week. Even the threat of nuclear war from Pyongyang faded away thanks to a humanitarian crisis, tax reform, health care reform, and disrespectful football players who helped make this a memorable week in politics.
Stop blaming Trump and Obama for driving us apart. Divisiveness in America is our own fault. It’s something we choose even though few benefit from setting us against each other. This is not the special province of Democrats. It’s not something created by Republicans or their fringe.
After everything you did to keep your incredibly dangerous personal information secure it’s out there for the highest bidder. Your loss and that of maybe half of the U.S. population just dumped a big new opportunity on a Congress that badly needed somebody to toss it a bone.
If there are any stories of people being refused rescue in Houston because of who or what they are, we haven’t heard them. White nationalism didn’t overwhelm the relief effort. Racism isn’t deciding who gets saved and who doesn’t. When a natural disaster like Harvey strikes the petty, mean-spirited congressional attacks on our country’s character are put in perspective.
Are white supremacy and police shootings a national scourge or a symptom of unethical politics? The rapidly growing liberal obsession with white supremacy seems like a completely different issue from the occasional police shooting that carried the Democratic Party through the end of the Obama administration.
Remember the criticism leveled at George W. Bush for sitting in a Florida classroom after hearing the news of the 9/11 attacks? He was accused of indecision and not knowing what to do. Years later he is still blamed for not reacting differently, though it’s hard to imagine that leaping from his chair and sprinting for the door would have been treated fairly by his critics.