For some of my friends and relatives these are the best of times, for many more these are the worst of times, as polarization seems to have us all enthralled in sickening crusades of anti this or that feelings (anti Obama, anti Trump, anti communist, anti capitalist, and on and on…). Where are we to find guidance for combatting this malaise?
In the early days of the Obama presidency many “swamp dweller types” were avidly reading a book titled The irony of American History, written by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr in the euphoric and triumphal post World War II years. In these tumultuous first months of the Trump “administration” I hear many of our fellow Americans are reading -or rereading- It can’t happen here, written during the hectic and dangerous years between the two World Wars by our first Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Sinclair Lewis.
I do not believe our current POTUS has read either book, and I understand it is all but impossible to get him to read anything that runs longer that a couple of pages. Still, it might do wonders for those around him to get acquainted with these two books. [Read more…]