Daily Bread for 4.14.22: The Environment That Populism Exploits

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be windy with a high of 44.  Sunrise is 6:13 AM and sunset 7:36 PM for 13h 23m 33s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing gibbous with 93.5% of its visible disk illuminated.

 Whitewater’s Board of Zoning Appeals meets at 6:30 PM.

On this day in 1912, the British passenger liner RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the North Atlantic at 23:40 (and sinks the morning of April 15th).

  Populism doesn’t emerge merely anywhere, as though at randon. Many afflictions may weaken a community (from natural disatsters to bad policy), but thereafter weak communities are vulnerable to worse maladies.

Populism is one of those worse maladies.

It’s in those already-afflicted communities that populism finds hospitable soil, and then salts that soil so that nothing else will grow.

Mistakes about budgets and buildings are for populism an invitation to impose restrictions on speech and expression.

The fewer the mistakes, the fewer the opportunities for something worse.

Expectations of competency and critiques of incompetency are safeguards against threats worse than mere error.

 What has hapened and what will happen to the people of Urkraine matters incomparably. And yet, it says much about Ukrainaians that even during war, they’ve shown a concern for animals. Puppy Rescued From Rubble in Ukraine

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