The Birth of the Man from Orange
The soaring American spirit is being killed by the feverish delirium of populist political extremism.
Moderation is now heresy.
Noble impulses have become weaknesses.
Those who stoke our fears are seen as the strong to be admired; our new heroes.
Intellectual inquiry has fallen to a form of fact-free, know it all, bravado.
The maverick politician has edged the thoughtful statesman out of favor.
The noisy grandstander owns the day.
The student of complexity is now an obsolete artifact.
Strident manipulators replace sincerity; their lies and distortions well rehearsed and familiar.
Simplistic solutions treat complexity as though it is a poison ivy rash on the body politic.
Thoughtful analysis goes unrecognized in the mindless cacophony that passes for public debate.
We're frozen in place; hands locked around each other's throats.
We've exchanged the time-honored art of compromise for the illusory comfort of polarized certitude.
We don't fix problems; instead, we're satisfied to fix blame.