Selections (2)

A periodic roundup of selected political opinion and social commentary, reflecting the political values of liberalism and the ethical values of Buddhism.

Vol 2, No 2 ……… January 18th, 2021

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FEATURED SELECTION:

New Yorker editor David Remnick argues convincingly that Donald Trump and his many enablers bear full responsibility for the disgraceful and unlawful assault on the nation’s Capitol …

“Once the Capitol was cleared, the solemn assurances that ‘this is not who we are’ began. The attempt at self-soothing after such a traumatic event is understandable, but it is delusional. Was Charlottesville not who we are? Did more than seventy million people not vote for the Inciter-in-Chief? Surely, these events are part of who we are, part of the American picture. To ignore those parts, those features of our national landscape, is to fail to confront them. The millions of Americans who understood this Presidency from its first day as a national emergency, a threat to domestic and global security, can be excused for finding it curious that so many are now taking the exit ramp for the road to Damascus three years and fifty weeks later. How surprising can Trump’s recent provocation be when for years he has served as an inspiration to bigots everywhere, to damaged souls plotting to mail pipe bombs to journalists and to kidnap the governor of Michigan? This dawning of conscience is as bewitching as it is belated.”

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/01/18/the-inciter-in-chief?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=onsite-share&utm_brand=the-new-yorker&utm_social-type=earned

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ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS:

#1 – New York Times opinion columnist Jennifer Senior describes the predictably disastrous end to Trump’s presidency …

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#2 – New York Times opinion columnist Michelle Goldberg describes the inevitable violent ending to Trump’s presidency …

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