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The Moment

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My outrage and astonishment here is both with the candidates and the voters in the primaries who rejected mature, moral, principled, qualified candidates well worthy of our support in favor of two disgraceful losers who deserve our scorn, not our support — and certainly not the power, prestige, and perks of the highest elective office in the world.


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In the spring of 2016, author, columnist, pundit, public speaker, and all-’round great thinker Peggy Noonan wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal titled, “That Moment When 2016 Hits You.” It hit home with me. Her column is the jumping-off point for my essay this week.


I have been following politics and social issues since I was a kid. I have tried not to allow my age and whatever jadedness I might have to distort my point of view. But age and experience has given me a perspective that offers a distinct advantage.

Living through the 60s, 70s... and on and on... conditioned me to expect a certain environment, a level of decency, a standard of conduct and decorum. That, and an understanding of history, have provided me with a solid, sound judgment about right and wrong as it applies to the big things in life. The events of the last 12 months have shattered my expectations.

Peggy Noonan’s, too:

The Moment is that sliver of time in which you fully realize something epochal is happening in politics, that there has never been a presidential year like 2016, and suddenly you are aware of it in a new, true and personal way. It tends to involve a poignant sense of dislocation, a knowledge that our politics have changed and won’t be going back.

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