republican   10420

« earlier    

[Easy Chair] | Forget About It, by Corey Robin | Harper's Magazine
“Ever since the 2016 presidential election, we’ve been warned against normalizing Trump. That fear of normalization misstates the problem, though. It’s never the immediate present, no matter how bad, that gets normalized — it’s the not-so-distant past. Because judgments of the American experiment obey a strict economy, in which every critique demands an outlay of creed and every censure of the present is paid for with a rehabilitation of the past, any rejection of the now requires a normalization of the then.”

“Whenever I said this, people got angry with me. They still do. For months, now years, I puzzled over that anger. My wife explained it to me recently: in making the case for continuity between past and present, I sound complacent about the now. I sound like I’m saying that nothing is wrong with Trump, that everything will work out. I thought I was giving people a steadying anchor, a sense that they — we — had faced this threat before, a sense that this is the right-wing monster we’ve been fighting all along, since Nixon and Reagan and George W. Bush. Turns out I was removing their ballast, setting them afloat in the intermittent and inconstant air.”
politics  usa  republican  history 
2 days ago by mike

« earlier    

related tags

2018  a  abortion  about  aca  activism  afghanistan  after  al-qaeda  al-queda  albany  allegations  alt-right  america  amid  analysis  appropriations  arizona  asylum  at  balderson  become  betoo'rourke  bill  blasted  blog  booker  brexit  budget  bush  but  by  california  call  campaign  capitalism  care  cathymcmorrisrodgers  cbc  cbo  cedricrichmond  china  chrischristie  civilunrest  climate-change  close  colorado  congress  corporate  corporation  corporations  corruption  cory  counterinsugency  cpc  crime  crisis  cybersecurity  dailyintell  dccc  dcist  debt  deductions  deficit  democracy  democratic  democrats  demographics  devinnunes  diversity  division  doj  donald  donaldtrump  don’t  east  economy  election  election2016  election2018  elections  emails  emily'slist  enablers.  epa  errors  ethics  explained  exploitation  far-right  fbi  fear  florida  food  football  for  forefront  found  foundation  fraud  fundraising  funny  gabrielsherman  gawker  gender  georgia  gop  got  government  governor  governor’s  hacker  hate  hbo  health  her  hezbollah  his  history  holds  homeland  hopehicks  house  housing  hrc  huffpost  immigration  in  indiania  inequality  insidertrading  iowa  iran  iraq  is  isis  isn’t  it’s  ivankatrump  jamesmattis  jeffsessions  jezebel  jimjordan  jimmcgovern  johncornyn  johnkelly  joshbolton  just  kane  kansas  kevinmccarthy  kick  koch  language  lawmaker  lead  lebanon  lee  libya  lies  lobbyist  losangeles  marginaltaxrate  markets  markleibovich  martha  mayor  mccain  mcconnell  mcsally  member  men  mexico  middle  midterms  might  migration  mikepence  mikepompeo  minnesota  missouri  montana  msnbc  nevada  newly  newspapers  newyork  nfl  nominee  nominees  northdakota  northkorea  now  nrcc  nsa  nyt  nytmagazine  obama  of  ohio  oil  on  one  op-ed  out  over  own  pakistan  party  paulmanafort  paulryan  pelosi  pennsylvania  pentagon  petesessions  photo  plan  polarisation  political-science  politico  politics  polls  post-racial  powerful  pragmatism  progressivism  protest  putin  putting  race  racial  racism  racist  rare  rarer  rechtsruck  refugee  reincepriebus  releasing  republicans  resigning  right-wing  rnc  robertmuller  rollcall  ronaldreagan  rules  russia  ryanlizza  saltdeduction  saudi  scandals  scottpruitt  scotus  senate  senator  sex  shite  showtime  slim  socialism  son  special  speech  staffers  stephenbannon  stevescalise  stock  stormydaniels  sunni  superpac  superpacs  superrich  superstar  sutton  syria  talk  tarrifs  tax  teaparty  tedcruz  tennesse  tennessee  terrorism  texas  the.federalist  the  theatlantic  thehill  threatened  tighten  to  too  trade  troy  trump.  trump  trump’s  tv  twitter  ukraine  usa  veep  video  virginia  vote-counting  voter  voters  wallstreet  want  wapo  washington  washingtonstate  westvirginia  white  whitehouse  why  woman  women  woodward  wsj  wwe  xijinping  yemen    ‘catfishing’  “confidential” 

Copy this bookmark: