The political season gives rise to many things: bus tours
and tarmac rallies, mass mailings and door-to-door canvasses, robocalls, TV ads
and editorial endorsements.
that caught my attention over the weekend wasn’t striking for who was
endorsed. Given the news outlet, that really wasn’t a surprise.
It was two sentences describing conditions that struck me as
jarring . . . whatever one thinks of the conclusions the editorial board drew
from their assessment.
next president will take office with bigoted, tribalist movements and their
leaders on the march. In the Middle East and across Asia, in Russia and Eastern
Europe, even in Britain and the United States, war, terrorism and the pressures
of globalization are eroding democratic values, fraying alliances and
challenging the ideals of tolerance and charity.
That got me thinking about a variety of important events tied
to notions of identity and prejudice.