In the inaugural issue of National Review, all the way back in 1955, William F. Buckley Jr. wrote that “A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”
I’m afraid that we’re making an epochal, culture-altering, civilization-transforming decision on the basis of sentimentality and slogans . . . and precious little serious thought.
I might note, too, that the prophet Jeremiah was right. The term jeremiad has become a mode derision, but, in fact, Jerusalem was destroyed just as he warned it would be.