The Heart of the Matter
Some issues can’t be neatly categorized. Though the thrust of this website is clearly political, some of the readers’ submissions that most strike a chord with me tackle subjects not neatly pigeon-holed, concerned as they are with matters deeper than day-to-day politics. To clear a space for those thought-provoking pieces, I created a couple of amorphous labels (one called “Reflections” and the other, “The Big Picture”) on the Readers Write page.
Now I find myself with a similar dilemma on the Issues page. As some of you know, I started this website because yelling at the TV no longer did it for me. (I do, of course, still yell at the TV on occasion; old habits die hard.) However, every once in awhile, the TV brings an unexpected gift, an insight or observation so well done that it makes me say “I wish I’d written that.”
Such was the case recently in “The Rewrite,” one of the closing segments of Lawrence O’Donnell’s Last Word on MSNBC. O’Donnell focused on what strikes me as one of the great conundrums of our time, namely the inexplicable support of Donald Trump by those purporting to be Christian evangelicals. Perhaps someday, someone will explain how they live with themselves. I just don’t get it.
In "The Heart of the Matter," we'll talk about the human condition as revealed in politics...or politics as it impacts the human condition...or something like that.
The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.