“Theirs is nakedly a campaign of disinformation in the middle of an election. I am sorry to say to some of my readers: If you’re so dumb as to lose all critical judgment every time you hear the word “Russians,” somebody will take advantage of it.”
We would have to trust that such an assembly would not go off the rails. Without leadership that fosters tolerance, and organization that fosters conduct of business, the assembly could make conflicts worse in chaotic, unproductive ways.
To put the question another way, how would we respond if a presidential candidate were to announce, “I want to reduce the president’s powers”?
If you do not have means of engagement, you do not have a polity. You have a political arena that serves no one except those who want power.
We know only what happens when we keep truth – and desire to know truth – buried in our memory’s buried cache. Then we have only pain without relief.
These remarks might traditionally go in the preface, but I’m happy with current introductory remarks, so we will place them …