Date: January 09, 2021 04:34PM
I am close to where you are on the politics. In some ways I am probably more conservative than you are. But I have witnessed the GOP turn far to the right over the last four years--or, more accurately, not to the right but to totalitarian surrender. The party of constitutional conservatism, of states rights and individual liberty, has shed all those inhibitions in its progressive commitment to an incompetent tyrant.
For you the turning point, the time when you could no longer avoid politics, came a few days ago. For me, it came four years ago. Any good student of political history should have seen the writing was on the wall--and the need to denounce incipient disaster apparent--well before Trump's election.
Ken Burns reached the same conclusion at about the same time. This from his commencement address at Stanford in 2016:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtnXbL2wwdM
Trump's character, his campaign, and the adoration his victims exhibited from the start fit a well-defined pattern. We've gone through it in Russia, in China, in Italy, in Germany, in Argentina. A lot of people are only seeing the parallels now, but there is nothing new in this particular disaster; and the moral duty to condemn it arose for some earlier than for others.