In Legal Insurrection this morning, I read the post by Professor Jacobson about The Atlantic firing the newly-hired Kevin Williamson, formerly of National Review. The Professor decided to speak out about it, after having seen the Tweet storm, particularly this one:
2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees.
Except one: if you don’t try, death is certain. To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances…
The election of 2016 is a test—in my view, the final test—of whether there is any virtù left in what used to be the core of the American nation. If they cannot rouse themselves simply to vote for the first candidate in a generation who pledges to advance their interests, and to vote against the one who openly boasts that she will do the opposite (a million more Syrians, anyone?), then they are doomed. They may not deserve the fate that will befall them, but they will suffer it regardless.
If you haven’t already read the entire piece at Claremont, then please do. And Doctor Jacobson’s opinion at Legal Insurrection. As both he and Victor Davis Hanson point out, Mr. Williamson may have just learned that his conservative friends – even the ones who disagree with him – are more tolerant of his opinions than the left will ever be.
As Ben Franklin once said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
Something else to add to your reading list: The entire chapter – Nehemiah 4.