I had a nice little piece on the nature of the problems facing our nation during this difficult time:
- Getting Covid-19 under control. It would appear that the surge in some parts of the country is partially due to young people becoming exposed and infected. They’re likely to survive because their immune system is strong, but they could pass it along to older people who are at risk.
- Turning a slogan “Black Lives Matter” into legislation. Not going too well at the moment, but remember there are two things you might not want to do: watching government at work and watching sausage being made.
- Dropping another slogan, “Defund the Police,” and replacing it with something that makes sense. (Part of my horror at the bumper-sticker mentality of American politics.)
- Finding a substitute for the current cult group of blind followers calling themselves Republicans and restoring the party to respectability. This means dumping Trump.
- Getting religion out of politics.
- Creating a new educational platform that makes a high school diploma mean something to employers.
I was going to elaborate on those, but this morning I learned it wasn’t necessary. David Brooks did it in a brilliant manner in this morning’s NYTimes. If you read nothing today, read that because in his piece he says (and elaborates on each point) that there are five “epic” crises that have hit our nation all at once:
- Covid 19
- Public awareness of the “burden” of African Americans
- Rejecting the Republican Party
- “Social Justice” as a quasi-religion
- A “prolonged economic depression.”
I’m tempted to think that great minds think alike, but that might seem immodest, and as Mary McCrory once wrote: “That would be wrong.”
Now, not even one of our most respected public philosophers can be absolutely right all the time. There was a comment in Paul Krugman’s column in the same issue of the NYTimes that “corrected” Mr. Brooks’ statement that “We just got tired (of fighting Covid-19) so we’re giving up.” The implication is that all Americans just gave up. Mr. Krugman is a bit more specific. The headline on his column read: “America didn’t give up on Covid-19. Republicans did!” (Bold-faced italics mine.)
(Parenthetically, I am pleased that the state we adopted is returning to its more rational political stature. Gov. Cooper is still fighting Covid-19; Mayor Joines has made masks mandatory in public places with only logical exceptions, and Cal Cunningham is leading soon-to-be ex-Senator Thom Tillis by three points in the NYTimes/Siena College poll.)