I believe we should avoid moralism in politics — making moral judgments of people who just disagree with us — but that doesn’t mean we should abandon morality. And understanding the insurrection of Jan. 6 and what led up to it, and what’s still happening now, requires understanding that it was a moral collapse.
Anyone who excuses the insurrection, and the people who provoked and led it, has abandoned the fundamental moral values that make democracy possible.
We knew that many Trump supporters were deluded. He’s good at only one thing, but he may be the best ever at that one thing: being a con man.
And we wanted to believe that supporters who saw through the con were just gritting their teeth, waiting for him to be gone, calculating the trade-off in lower taxes or more conservative judges. Cynical, but at least recognizing that right might be better than wrong.
We didn’t expect outright sedition.
But it turns out many Trump supporters liked everything about him. Now that he’s gone, they want him back.[Read more…] about The Right’s Moral Collapse