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Conservatives' disappointing defense of our post-truth president

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- A common defense of President Trump points to the positive things he has done from a Republican perspective -- his appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch and other conservative judges, his pursuit of the Islamic State, his honoring of institutional religious freedom. This argument is not frivolous. What frustrates is the steadfast ...Read more

Education must mean more than the avoidance of offense

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- The desire to protect young people from offensive ideas and words is an understandable instinct. In the context of bullying, it is a requirement. In the context of great literature, it is nearly always mistaken.

The distinction between the language of the schoolyard and the language of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" has ...Read more

The religious right has become a tribe of sycophants

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- At the Family Research Council's recent Values Voter Summit, the religious right effectively declared its conversion to Trumpism.

The president was received as a hero. Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka -- both fired from the White House, in part, for their extremism -- set the tone and agenda. "There is a time and season for ...Read more

America needs Republican vertebrates

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- In the midst of a governing crisis, House Speaker Paul Ryan has once again risen to his role as the voice of bland complacency. Concerning the open warfare between President Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ryan advises "these two gentlemen to sit down and just talk through their issues."

But what are Corker's "issues"? He has ...Read more

Thankfully, America rises above its grievances

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Who is left to defend the simple, often admirable, sometimes disappointing, American experience?

Our politics seems deeply divided between those who think the country is going to hell in a handcart and those who believe the country is going to hell in a handbasket.

Some of the tenured class that sets the intellectual tone of the ...Read more

The GOP desperately needs the charisma of conviction

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- Not long ago, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., -- the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee and a man physically incapable of hyperventilation -- questioned Donald Trump's "stability" and "competence." Now he has said that chief of staff John Kelly, Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson are the "people ...Read more

How we should pray

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- One thing we learn from tragedy: that there is always more to come.

We experience the death of a loved one, the suicide of a friend, the suffering of a child, and the harshness and pain of the world break in, unannounced and unwelcome. Few have been spared, and then only temporarily.

But sometimes there are moments when we ...Read more

Judge Moore's zealotry presents a challenge for the GOP

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- So the systematic confirmation of toxic GOP stereotypes continues. Nativism? Build that wall. Misogyny? Grab that ... woman. Racial bias? Equivocate about white supremacists. Religious intolerance? Enter Roy Moore, likely to be the next senator from Alabama.

Moore's victory against a more mainstream candidate in Alabama's Senate ...Read more

Wielding both ignorance and malice, Trump further divides the country

From the Left / Michael Gerson /

WASHINGTON -- It is often difficult to determine if Donald Trump's offenses against national unity and presidential dignity are motivated by ignorance or malice. His current crusade against sideline activism at professional football games features both.

Protests by players during the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" are misdirected, but ...Read more


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