As amusing as this election cycle has been at times, largely due to the clever trolling that has accompanied the presence of Donald Trump, it does demonstrate that the society of the United States has weakened to the point that it won’t hold together in the ways it has up to now. This country has flourished as a collection of people working together to advance certain ideas, which enabled it to overcome significant demographic fissures. To point out that the careful consideration of ideas is not the key to success in the current political moment in the United States is to point out the obvious.
That Donald Trump’s imminent nomination by the GOP demonstrates a political party adrift is also obvious, and it would seem to be the fruit of a failure to defend ideas and the language with which to articulate ideas. Jeff Goldstein at his Protein Wisdom blogs tries to impress the importance of that point here (language warning).