I have said in these pages repeatedly that although Donald Trump poses a unique problem for American democracy, the real problem lies in the voters (and their circumstances) that support him. He has tapped an anger that was already there, and instead of channeling that anger towards an improved commonwealth by invoking the better angels of our natures, he encourages that anger to descend into a deep and abiding resentment that will not be washed out of the culture anytime soon.
Attention all DC area NCR fans: On March 30, Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought in Public Life will be hosting a discussion on "Faith, Francis & the 2016 Election." Yours truly will be one of the panelists. You can find out more information and register to attend by clicking here.
Thinking about Francis: A recent interview by Pope Emeritus Benedict and a speech by Cardinal Peter Turkson underscore Pope Francis' "hermeneutic of reform."
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson has a devastating piece that should prick the conscience of all Republicans who are flirting with the idea of supporting Donald Trump. The money quote: "Trump has little history of changing or refining his views through study and policy advice. Many of his goals, while too foolish to implement, are too vivid to revise." Bingo.
Judge Merrick Garland should be confirmed as a justice of the Supreme Court. But, in this bizarre election year, with the angry base of the GOP hijacking the entire party, it is doubtful that Senate Republicans will further risk the wrath of their base and they have pledged not to even hold a hearing on the nomination, still less a vote.
At Mirror of Justice, my friend Rick Garnett responds to another friend Tony Annett. This is a discussion worth having and I will likely return to the topic in due course.
It’s virtually official: Come November, Americans will be choosing between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump. For the past month, I have predicted this outcome but last night’s results made it a virtual certainty.
In Sunday's Arts section of the Washington Post, an interesting article about one man's efforts to restore the pipe organ to its proper place in the concert hall. I wish he had not felt the need to denigrate the role of organs in churches, but he is right that the concert repertoire is too little known.
In the movie “Game Change” there is a scene in which John McCain’s campaign consultants urge him to run ads that feature controversial black pastor Rev. Wright, who was Obama’s pastor. McCain explains that there is a dark side to American populism that some candidates are willing to tap into to win election, but that he is not one of those politicians. This is a movie, to be sure, but apparently something very like that conversation did happen in the McCain camp and they never ran ads featuring Rev. Wright.
In yesterday's Washington Post, Carlos Lozada on two books that display the left's disappointment with Obama. Lozada nails it: The meritocracy of the "creative classes" dominates the worldview of those who surround this, or any, president. The problem is solipsism.