The wheels seem to have fallen off the country that I’ve known for the past seventy-plus years. The virus has sickened millions of people and killed more than 140,000. It’s projected to take in the range of triple that number by the end of the year. Our economy is in free fall. Millions of people lost their health insurance along with their jobs. Millions are now about to fall over another economic cliff as the expanded unemployment benefits and protections from evictions expire. As all of this is happening, our elected officials are consumed with silly, pointless, and completely non-productive arguments.
Something that is almost as concerning—nothing could be more concerning than the prospect of 400,000 dead Americans---is the erosion of the rule of law. In a democratic society, laws are the agreement that we make with ourselves on what is and is not acceptable behavior. They protect us from each other and from the whims of elected officials. Without laws, supported by the vast majority of the people, we don't have a civilized society.