Regrettably, I cannot give credit by name to “Yup yup yup,” a Twitter user with the handle of @Hi_individual1, but I was inspired mentally to append my own assenting “yup yup yup” to his or her succinct summing up of American political life in the twenty-first century: “One side thinks it’s war; the other side doesn’t know there are sides.” Like most such sententiae, it is true in essence, though of course there are lots of people on the one side who don’t think it’s war—even as they routinely lend their automatic support to those who do—and at least a few on the other who do know that there are sides, though they may not admit it, even to themselves.

As anyone who remembers the happier days of “Bushitler” fifteen years ago will...


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