Monday, June 27, 2016
Like the setting of a bone, discovering such vile views among people in my acquaintance hurts. But it also serves an essential purpose. The discourse stirred by the candidacy of Donald Trump has lifted a veil which had concealed an ugly truth. Alcoholics are told that the first step toward recovery is admitting their problem. The alt-right has confronted Republicans with ours. Now we have the opportunity to do something about it.Republicans do have such an opportunity -- or did, until they capitulated to Donald Trump. (I will hold slightly more hope for them if, as a commenter recently offered, the party's "survival instinct ... kick[s] in" and there is a brokered convention.) Advocates of individual rights must fight on, whether or not the Republican Party survives what looks like might be a collapse -- or, worse, a complete transformation into a party hostile to the very concept.
And if that fight must continue outside any party, so be it.