Sunday in Whitewater will be cloudy with a high of 68. Sunrise is 5:57 AM and sunset 7:48 PM for 13h 50m 38s of daytime. The moon is a waning crescent with 37.9% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1977, the Morris Pratt Insititute, dedicated to the study of Spiritualism and Mediumship, moves from Whitewater to Waukesha.
Politics affects all, but not all choose politics. For those who choose a political life, there should be — and for a well-ordered society must be — a commitment to respond to lies from one’s opponents.
The populists, now a blight on many communities, will say anything both to gain politically and to satisfy their own appetites. Adam Serwer was right about many of them: cruelty is the point.
The populists have a long list of those they’d like to wound and thereafter drive from society: those of another ethnicity, race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation.
So insatiable are they in the infliction of injury that yesterday’s assaults no longer bring them pleasure; they crave new accusations against new victims.
In Michigan, a right-wing populist accused mainstream Democrat Mallory McMorrow, a state senator from the Wolverine State, of being a ‘groomer’ who was preparing children for sexual exploitation. False, of course, but an accusation that presented a choice: ignore or respond?
Sen. McMorrow made the right choice: she responded.
Every community has a few right-wing trolls, dwelling under Facebook bridges, casting sub-standard English in broken sentences of fractured reasoning at pedestrians traveling above. The populist menace is much greater than this: a major political party shares these disordered views.
McMorrow’s example is one that others, regardless of party, should follow when facing populist lies. I’m a libertarian, not a Democrat, but then appreciation of her approach shouldn’t be confined within a partisan boundary.
It’s stand or perish. Malloy McMorrow stood.
Admirable, so very admirable.