In my lifetime, I have always had the greatest respect for intellectual Conservatives (including but not limited to George Will, the late William Buckley, David Frum, Bill Kristol) though we probably disagree on most socio-economic issues but they were or are rational, thoughtful, and smart. What we are witnessing and hearing in these times is making the world go upside down (at least my world): adults behaving like adolescents; adolescents behaving and speaking as reasoned adults; and children separated from their parents.
These are dangerous and – in my mind – perilous times for a democratic society. At any moment, I fear a constitutional crisis will be affected by an action of the Executive branch or the inaction of the Legislative branch. Political philosophy aside, the President represents everything we teach our children not to be. Does any rational, thinking human being have to be reminded of that which has been said in the last plus year?
What are we to do? Impeachment and/or Conviction is not the answer. It will only make us all more parochial in our future dealings. We as a people need to know that he is our President, but we must also cherish the First Amendment to our United States Constitution, i.e. the separation of church and state, freedom to assemble and protest, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press.
Unlike other restaurateurs, I welcome all to Ben’s, never denying food and service to those with whom I may disagree politically or who may look different from me or are of a different religious background or sexual orientation.
Having said this, I’ll stick to my day job as the best bologna slicer in the world!