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What we'll learn about ourselves, and our nation, during the coronavirus pandemic

By John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

After the first of those oddly comical fistfights over toilet paper in grocery stores, and before the possibility of horrific battles over respirators in the weeks to come, I committed an act of coronavirus defiance.

I sat in a comfy leather chair in the neighborhood cigar lounge and lit a fine maduro cigar.

Why? Because I wanted to sit and think about all the things we'll learn from now forward. And I wanted to say goodbye to the guys.

Just a few days ago they were worried about the FBI raiding the place again in pursuit of Chicago Way politicos. That was when we still shook hands.

All that's changed for anyone with any sense of responsibility for others and themselves.

We're at war with the virus.

 

You don't need a rousing "Braveheart"-style speech. The virus doesn't care about Hollywood-style drama. And you don't need any more fearmongering and quivering lips. There's been too much of that on cable news, to keep you locked in through commercials.

You just need quiet, and time to think. Here's what I've been thinking:

If things are going to be as bad as the health professionals warn, can our fractured American culture handle what's coming?

Those of you who've paid attention know that American culture has been systematically deconstructed by the left over the past decades. It was and is about power. Liberals won the culture war, took the universities and the media, and now frame the public discussion.

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