No, we can’t just move on and put this behind us. It’s not “divisive” to talk about what’s happened. It’s essential.
The coup attempt — still ongoing — forces us into a long-delayed moral reckoning.
When democracy is working, we should be able to have strong political differences without judging each other morally — but that’s because democracy only works when our differences stay within the boundaries of morality. In a democracy, there’s no legitimate position that justifies corruption, bigotry, or cruelty, for example. Those things can’t be a matter of opinion; they’re immoral.
And there’s no legitimate position that justifies an attack on democracy itself, such as we saw most violently last week, but which has been mustering for a long time.
Where Trumpism could lead has been the subject of increasingly urgent warnings since Trump announced his candidacy — and long before that. Trump didn’t come from nowhere.
And now here we are, with our democracy in danger and lives lost.[Read more…] about No, We Can’t Just Move On