One thing all of this makes clear is that the sickness of American politics didn’t begin with Donald Trump, any more than the sickness of the Roman Republic began with Caesar. The erosion of democratic foundations has been underway for decades, and there’s no guarantee that we will ever be able to recover.
“We called it an ‘evacuation’ road, a ‘relocation’ road,” Mr. Jackson said. “The state and federal government didn’t like those two words.”
"The wind tiptoes between poplars, carrying its shoes."
"You, too, are abandoned."
"All the proud fathers are ashamed to go home."
"So we wait, breeding mood, making music of decline."
"Instead of offering a single, cohesive and enduring vision for America, the founders were diverse and squabbling. They generated contradictory political principles that persist to our own day. Instead of offering us an antidote to our divisions, those clashing founders created them."
Scientists now recognize that our impact on Earth has become so significant we've pushed it out of the Holocene into the Anthropocene, an entirely new geological epoch dominated by our own activity.