I’m glad that David French is making the case for liberty.
“What makes our politics so toxic is both sides think they’re losing,” French said, once we’d eaten dinner and his son and his son’s girlfriend had come through to report on the “Bachelor” finale. In French’s written reply to Ahmari’s essay, he had pointed out that, in his long career as a religious-liberty lawyer, he had won most of his cases. “Pastor French,” Ahmari called him, suggesting that French was too pious to recognize that politics, as Ahmari put it, was about “war and enmity.” French’s position was that the pro-Trump faction refused to see how often the structures of a liberal society wound up favoring them. “They talk about Kavanaugh as if it was this terrible defeat, but we won that one!” French told me. “Kavanaugh is on the Supreme Court.” If Trump won a second term, then the efforts in red states to ban abortion, either in effect or outright, would be realized. French said, “There’s this idea that victory is the natural state of affairs and defeat is the intolerable intrusion. What I’ve been trying to tell people is that none of this stuff is fixed. There is not necessarily an arc to history, and you don’t have to surrender first principles to fight over stuff that you care about. The day is not lost in any way, shape, or form. And, oh, by the way, you can’t define victory as the exclusion of your enemies from the public square. There are going to be Drag Queen Story Hours. They’re going to happen. And, by the way, the fact that a person can get a room in a library and hold a Drag Queen Story Hour and get people to come? That’s one of the blessings of liberty.”
If this is one of the blessings of liberty, maybe liberty has been taken too far?