My circle of friends shrank greatly last night. You do not really see people until times of crisis I guess. The people I have come to disdain are not the ones you might think, either. It wasn't necessarily republicans or enablers of the president. I would have to renounce my own mother if it were that simple. No, for me, last night revealed some deep-seated insincerity in many I've considered principled thinkers, people I imagined to be intellectually sincere in their approach to matters of liberty and freedom.
What I found last night is how many of the people I know only wish to to be clever. It was as if last night was a sort of drinking game.
I know I pissed people off, and it bothered me all night. I certainly didn't sleep well. If I haven't been kicked off the island, so to speak, I have certainly left voluntarily.
It doesn't make me happy. It is heartbreaking, truly.
However, there are people I feel more strongly affectionate for than ever.
Watching officials elected to defend the constitution run away to duck and cover as hillbillies trashed the Senate floor sickened me. All the tough talk, all the falling back on their laurels for having served in the military, all the shouting and finger jabbing, none of them were willing to stand their ground. I'm sorry. I know most of you will say that caution or whatever is the better part of valor, but I can't agree with this. Not if you've been out chest thumping like some MMA star whenever the cameras are on.