-Written by a NYT reader in comment.I open my browser to the home page, The New York Times, and I see articles or opinion pieces on Trump's attempts to stop the Russia investigation; Trump's endorsement of Roy Moore; the old news that both the House and the Senate passed the tax bill with its undercutting of the ACA; the imminent shutdown of the government; the drastic reduction of protected lands; the Supreme Court's stamp of approval on the Muslim ban. My memory runs thin.
I see now the much dreaded specter of the "normalizing" of what is happening to our country. It is not possible for the human psyche to register alarm at each and every one of these violations; it is literally impossible to sustain that level of intense emotion for any length of time. And so the attention wanders to calmer waters--the grocery list; the laundry; grandchildren; a movie at the local cinema. Life picks up and we move on. And they win because it is our outrage, our horror, our indignation and, most of all, our passion, that would have defeated them in the end. The speed with which each new outrage follows close on the heels of the one before has been increasing almost daily.
Today I do not see one corner of our lives that has not been violated, not one outpost of civilization that is not in the hands of the enemy. And the Clown Car rides through our newsfeed daily numbing us to the end of the world.