For John, BLUF: We need to see in others the things we hold in common. We are not being good at that right now>. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This article, about the American "Left" and "Right" is by Mr Rod Dreher, from 5 June 2017.
I found it at The Instapundit, where Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds, summarizing the article, writes:
“The rising Left is bound and determined to crush or at least permanently sideline people it deems heretics — in particular, whites, males, orthodox Christians, and skeptics of the LGBT project. It does not want a pluralistic modus vivendi; it wants total domination. The establishment Left lacks the will to stop them. Its members are terrified of appearing un-woke. . . . The establishment Right lacks the will to stop them either, for fear of being called bigots. And it lacks the will or the imagination to stand in any way against corporate interests. . . . Bottom line: Identity politics will dissolve the traditional bonds that have held Americans together, and re-bind forces of the Left and forces on the Right to each other.”The fact is that Mr Rod Dreher writes from a Christian perspective. When the looks back on the American Experiment to date he sees Christianity as being the glue that holds things together, from the beginning.
Back to The Instapundit, Professor Reynolds, reflecting on politics in America today, says:
The thing is, you don’t get Hitler because of Hitler — there are always potential Hitlers out there. You get Hitler because of Weimar, and you get Weimar because the liberals are too corrupt and incompetent to maintain a liberal polity.When he says "a liberal polity" I take that to be liberal in terms of freedom for all. He is not talking about the Left Wing of the Democratic Party. While Mr Dreher thinks Christianity is the glue holding everything together, I wonder if it isn't the English Common Law, the idea of the Rights of Englishmen. I suspect it is racist, sexist, specie-centric and just plain offensive to social justice warriors to hold such views. However, the rest of the world is not as keen on individual rights, and some parts have tribalism down to a fine science. Neither of those is good for Democracy as we have known it.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff