Excellent article from Damon Linker.
Personally, I have accepted that these are just the times that we live in. The world probably won’t be ending anytime soon. Instead of trying to fight it, I try to roll with it and wake up every day to enjoy the hysteria and the inflated political rhetoric and mock it for my own amusement.
“Have you heard the news about the imminent end of American democracy?
The president of the United States has been talking about it — how the country has embraced Jim Crow 2.0 and the midterm elections coming up in November could be illegitimate because the Democrats’ voting rights bill went down to defeat in the Senate last week.
Republicans, meanwhile, are busy preparing for the imposition of “soft totalitarianism” on the country by woke progressives who control all of America’s elite institutions and are eager to use their immense power to ruthlessly stamp out dissent from every sphere of life.
Then, of course, there’s the danger of COVID-19, even to those who have been fully vaccinated and to children too young to receive the vaccine, necessitating continued mask mandates even in elementary schools.
Or, if you listen to the other side, vaccine mandates are apparently just like Nazism.
Don’t forget the threat of war in Eastern Europe, which could well lead to the destruction of NATO and the unraveling of the entire liberal international order.
And looming behind it all is climate change, which poses nothing less than a threat to humanity’s very existence. …
It’s as if we’ve found ourselves forced into service as participants in an experiment designed to confirm the wisdom of both “Chicken Little” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf. …”
Two weeks ago, we were on the verge of Civil War 2. Now, we are on the verge of World War III with Russia, China and Iran and possibly Great Depression II and the cataclysmic collapse of American democracy.