This ban shall include all adjectival enhancements of the word, including but not limited to “f-----g moron” (Mr. Tillerson’s phrase), “hopeless moron,” “clueless moron,” “dithering moron” and “pompous moron.”
But here’s the thing: The center is all but gone. That was, in fact, one of the points I made in the speech that inspired the lawmaker’s question: We have, I said, become a country dominated by its extremes.
Nine months in, we live in a state of enveloping chaos — nuclear tensions on the rise; social tensions tearing at the thin fabric of national unity; Puerto Rico drowned, in the dark, and ignored; American kids facing mass deportation, and all of it presided over by a Twitter-holic ignoramus who has more beefs than a cattle rancher. This is not a presidency — it is a national emergency.
Our response to mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas have become rote. Like a favorite movie, you can recite the lines by rote. Politicians pronounce themselves “shocked and saddened.” “Thoughts and prayers” are sent.
Jemele Hill, of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” tweeted last week that President Trump was “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.” The White House wants her fired. But what did she get wrong?
The people suffering the ordeal of Hurricane Harvey will someday remember it not simply for what they lost, but also for what they found. In the danger and fear, they will remember that they discovered generosity and sacrifice.