“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members. Below the note is my response.”
Whether you’re for him or against him, Trump is a symptomatic response to an overreach. And I would even go so far as to say a profound naivete on the part of liberals. Below is an interesting analysis of how the US got to where it is at on the clamp down that is occurring. It is not a defense but an explanation.
Trump’s executive order has unleashed chaos, harmed lawful U.S. residents, and alienated potential friends in the Islamic world. Yet without the dreamy liberal refusal to recognize the reality of nationhood, the meaning of citizenship, and the differences between cultures, Trump would never have gained the power to issue that order.
Liberalism and nationhood grew up together in the 19th century, mutually dependent. In the 21st century, they have grown apart—or more exactly, liberalism has recoiled from nationhood. The result has not been to abolish nationality, but to discredit liberalism.
“And it is worth some reflection to understand that to some (or large) degree that soil was firmly enriched by strong/adamant/inflexible “liberal” positions.”
And values which are NOT a reflection of the majority–but better majority-building strategies.