My oldest friend is traveling in Europe (again). In his emails he's said more than once how astounded Europeans are (yeah, I know, why should we give a shit, right?) at the spectacle of American politics in this election season. Along those lines, and probably breaching some form of netiquette, I'll reprint the following article in its entirety. And I'll remind the reader that the last sentence is something I've said here many times:
A Club of Liars, Demagogues, and Fools
Count me among those who mourn the loss of Republican rationality. The country needs two strong parties, both thoughtful, intellectually credible, each committed to doing what's right for the country, including making necessary compromises. It's only those blinded by Fox "news" and deafened by the RWS™ who fail to see and condemn the obvious degradation of the R party into a destructive, untethered abomination, to the detriment of us all. In this case, the view from Europe is a clear one.