Donald Trump spends eighteen months stoking the fires of racial and ethnic resentment and now says that it is time to bind up the nation’s wounds. Meanwhile, people who two weeks ago denounced Trump as a villainous cynic for even suggesting that the election could possibly be rigged are declaring that the election was rigged.

The reversals are giving me whiplash.

IĀ can’t avoid the conclusion that if there’s one thing almost all Americans share, it’s this: their ethical and intellectual standards are, collectively, a wholly owned subsidiary of their political loyalties.

As the Quaker Amy Fowler says in High Noon: “There’s got to be someĀ better way for people to live.”