lummi island wine tasting Groundhog Day 2024

Friday, Feb 2, 4-6pm: Groundhog Day!

Open for wine tasting, sales, AND bread order pickup

“Jour de la marmotte — Groundhog Day” by Gilles Gonthier is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

 

Hmmm…why does this keep happening over and over…?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s wine tasting

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Pascual Toso Chardonnay ’16  Argentina    $14
Aromas of ripe green apple, pineapple and mango; full, fresh palate with bright acidity, finishing with a slight toasty hint on a smooth, lingering finish.

 

The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvèdre Viognier ’18      South Africa    $12
Aromas of ripe plums, red currants, violets, Italian herbs and exotic spices lead to vibrant flavors of darker berries and spicy plum with hints of orange peel that linger on a juicy finish. Also way over-delivers for its modest price!   (read more)

 

Chapoutier – Cotes-du-Rhone Belleruche Rouge ’21
Intense black currant and raspberry notes with hints of white pepper; juicy, lovely palate with silky, delicate tannins; good pairing for grilled meats, pizza, pasta, and and (someone says) especially lamb ragu!

 

 

Friday Bread Pickup This Week

Levain w/ Dried Cherries and Pecans – a levain is made the night before final mixing of the dough using a sourdough starter. This allows the fermentation process to start and the gluten to start developing. The final dough is made with the levain, bread flour and fresh milled whole wheat and then loaded up with dried cherries and toasted pecans. A nice rustic loaf that goes well with meats and cheese – $5/loaf

Pan de Cioccolate – Also made with a levain, this bread is a delicious chocolate artisan bread not an enriched sweet pastry dough with lots of eggs, butter and sugar. Rather it is a rich chocolate bread made with a levain, bread flour and fresh milled rye flour, honey for sweetness, vanilla and plenty of dark chocolate. Makes fabulous toast, even better french toast –  $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Traditional Croissants – Made with two preferments, a levain as well as prefermented dough – which is also known as old dough where a portion of the flour, water, salt and yeast is fermented overnight. The final dough is then made with more flour, butter, milk and sugar, laminated with more butter before being cut and shaped into traditional french croissants. I’ve heard some say these are the best they have ever had. Quantities are definitely limited so if you want croissants this week be sure and get your order in early. 2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a lengthy rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before Wednesday will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.

 

Economics of the Heart: The Last Republicans

“Constitution Avenue Sign” by JSquish is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

This week on PBS Judy Woodruff did an in-depth interview with long-time Republican and card-carrying “old school” Conservative David Frum. He was briefly a speech writer for Dubya, sat in a couple of think tanks, is now an editor/writer at the Atlantic, and an outspoken critic of Trump and Trumpism. His own website shows his photo with the quotation “Those who seem to despise half of America will never be trusted to govern any of it.” (Some of us would prefer “should never be trusted to govern any of it again.)

 

Mr. Frum observes that the Tweetster has an intuitive talent for engaging and manipulating people’s fears in ways that:

He sees the Tweetster as most Democrats do: a strange amalgam of circus barker, mob boss, and con man with an instinct for inspiring unquestioning loyalty to him from his followers to take up arms against a mythical Democratic “Deep State” he warns is committed to taking away their rights and their stuff and replacing them with foreigners, Blacks, Muslims, Hispanics, Asians, and non-Christians. Like some kind of Underworld shaman, he keeps his Maga Believers in a sort of trance where they feel completely justified in destroying property; threatening, injuring, and killing those who disagree with the Maga religion; and abandoning established conventions for civil behavior, not on their own behalf, but on his.

On that, Mr. Frum warns, quite apocolyptically, “If he regains power “the chaos will never stop.”

Mr. Frum’s philosophical aspiration seems to be an archaic and almost quaint belief that Conservative means “protecting the things that are precious about America, being cautious about change, and setting limits on power.” He seems to recognize, along with what we hope is a growing number of former Republicans, that another Trump government would likely be the end of both our country and our World. Therefore, along with card-carrying Conservatives Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger, Mitt Romney, George Conway, and hopefully a growing number of others, they are all campaigning for Biden in this year’s election.

It is hard to imagine that anyone would disagree with Frum’s observation that “balance between the two major parties is essential to maintain a need for continual compromise,” a kind of ongoing “satisficing” where neither side wins or loses, the trains run safely and on time, and people can trust their elected officials to serve the greater good and preserve  the values and the set of rules set forth in the Constitution to which we all pledge allegiance.

The job of Government in our system, he suggests, is to manage and balance various grievances among groups, maintain a broadly shared sense of belonging, well-being, and sharing across this nation, making it work for everyone, and maintaining a functional set of institutions so that no one gets all of what they want, but “everybody gets enough to call it progress.”

Encouraging vision, huh…?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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lummi island wine tasting Jan 26 ’24

  Friday, Jan 26, 4-6pm: Open for wine tasting, sales, AND bread pickup

top of pole at end of pier…two bald eagles schmoozing about their day…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s wine tasting:

Montinore Estate Borealis White Blend 2022 | Wine.com

 

Borealis White ’22       Oregon      $13
Aromas of orange blossom, honeydew, guava and kiwi; sumptuous flavors of stone fruit, Meyer lemon and juicy pear drizzled with caramel.

 

 

Tenute Rubino | Casa del Susumaniello

 

Rubino Oltreme Susamaniello  ’19     Italy    $15
Fresh, fragrant notes of cherries, pomegranate, raspberries and ripe plum; fruity, round and minerally, with soft tannins and rich flavors; a versatile pairing with richer dishes.

 

VINO MARQUÉS DE CÁCERES (@marquescaceresvzla) • Instagram photos and videos

 

Marques de Caceres Rioja Red Blend Organica ’21         Spain       $18
75% Tempranillo, 25% Graciano; whole cluster fermentation delivers complex aromas of red fruits, anise and spices; rich and well-rounded palate with a fresh, youthful, lingering finish.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday Bread Pickup This Week

Breton – Incorporates the flavors of the french Brittany region. Bread flour and fresh milled buckwheat and rye make for interesting flavor and the salt is sel gris -the local grey salt that brings regional mineral flavors to this bread. Great with meats and cheeses! – $5/loaf

Spelt Levain – Spelt is an ancient wheat with a nutty, slightly sweet flavor and lower gluten than modern wheat. This bread starts with a levain preferment before the final dough is mixed with traditional bread flour, spelt flour, fresh milled whole spelt and fresh milled whole rye. – $5/loaf

and pastry this week…

Muffins! Two each of:

Chocolate Muffins – Rich and delicious…great chocolate flavor and beautifully moist. Made with flour, brown sugar, sour cream and eggs; and plenty of chocolate chips stirred in and sprinkled on top.

Cinnamon Streusel Muffins – Sometimes you want a cinnamon roll, but don’t want to wait so this muffins fits the bill. Made with all the traditional muffin ingredients: flour, sugar, eggs and butter with a brown sugar, butter, pecan and cinnamon filling that is swirled through the batter and then topped with a streusel made with more butter, brown sugar and pecans and as if that isn’t enough topped with a cream cheese glaze. Yum! Feed your cinnamon roll fix!  Four/$5

Island Bakery has developed a lengthy rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before Wednesday will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.

 

Economics of the Heart: Heritage Foundation Goes Full Dark Side

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This week’s topic started with an article in the NY Times  this past weekend entitled “Inside the Heritage Foundation’s Plans for ‘Institutionalizing Trumpism’” The article is an interview with HF’s current President Kevin D. Roberts by NPR reporter . As I read, a sense of dread began building in my psyche: this guy was terrifying in the hubris of his ultra-right thinking. There is a long story here that begins with the founding of HF in 1973 and its rise to prominence in 1980 when candidate Reagan adopted its manifesto top to bottom, AND also presents solemn warnings about HF’s recent swing from its former “scary enough” far right extremism to its new downright Fascist Takeover Plan for the next Trump Administration and the end of Constitutional freedoms in this country.

Woven into many or even most conversations about federal government policy since the early seventies have been vague references to the Heritage Foundation, usually referred to as a “conservative think tank.” Founded in the early 70’s, it came to prominence and considerable influence over federal policy as it helped Reagan win the presidency in 1980 and hire hundreds of HF staffers to write its dream legislation for him.

Its first, very extensive Mandate for Leadership (more of a manifesto, really), issued in 1981 for Reagan’s Inauguration, was 3000 pages long and “contained more than 2000 individual recommendations to move the federal government in a ‘conservative’ direction.” Subsequent volumes (and their countless recommendations) followed in 1984 (1500p) and 1988 (1300p). Additional volumes followed over several election cycles, including the 1996 focus on Congress (essentially creating Newt’s ‘in-your-face’ Republicanism).

By 2005, so many of HF’s goals had been implemented by the Reagan and Bush Administrations there were only 150 recommendations, because most of HF’s goals had already been met by its extensive lobbying efforts and symbiotic relationship with the Republican Party. But in 2016 the Mandate grew again to three volumes aimed at rolling back all the accomplishments of the Obama years (who, you will recall, stepped into office just as the massive 2009 recession caused by the Bush Administration’s rigid application of the earlier HF recommendations hit the credit market, and lots of our friends lost their homes) 

The big Takeaway here is that Heritage has been a major driver of “conservative” policy for many decades, and it has forcefully promoted its own political agenda.The Big News right now is that that agenda has changed suddenly and radically in just the past two years, aligning its new “conservatism” toward an explicitly fascist/authoritarian State to serve the whims and interests of a few ultra-wealthy white Christian men.

This Project 2025 version of the HF Mandate has already been widely distributed and discussed, and represents a jagged swing from Right to Ultra-Right. It is explicitly tied to a second Donald Trump term in the White House in 2025. The HF calls for doing away with civil service, slashing DOJ funding, dismantling the FBI and Dept of Homeland Security, eliminating the Departments of Education and Commerce, and immediately invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807 to deploy the military for domestic law enforcement, and using the DOJ to pursue Trump adversaries.

These new HF policies make it exactly one of the “domestic enemies” referred to in the oaths of office taken by every federal employee, elected official, and service member in the United States. Most of us still take those oaths very seriously even many years later.

It should be of profound concern to all Americans and to all our allies around the world that this new Heritage Foundation is 100% all in with Trump, completely willing to tear up the Constitution, back away from our alliances around the world, do away with civil service, the IRS, welfare programs, women’s rights, climate change…the list is bottomless and its Christo-Fascist intentions plain, and it comes amid the growing national rebellion against the Extreme Right’s war on women’s rights to control of their own bodies, children’s rights to a fact-based education, immigrants’ rights to safe haven, and all of our rights to vote and have our votes counted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOURS  for  January 19, 2024 

Last Friday we were in the Deep Freeze with high winds from the NE and 18 deg F, wind chill below zero. Bread pickup was out of Janice’s car, quick and efficient. No sitting under the awning schmoozing with the gang!

The Cold has continued through the week into snow the last three days, about 6-10″ of light and fluffy and a balmy 32 deg. Tonight it turns to rain and gets warmer, mid to high 30’s tomorrow. It might even be passable enough for some of you to venture out of your shelters and come taste some wine. Just to keep it simple we will use the same wine list as last weekend, when five or six neighbors came by. Therefore….

 Friday, Jan 19, 3:30-5:30 pm: Open for wine tasting & sales (NO bread this week)

Friday, Jan 26, 4-6pm: Open for wine tasting, sales, AND bread pickup

 

This week’s wine tasting: hearty wines to keep you warm durin’ the Nor’eastuh

Chardonnay - Phantom WinePhantom Chardonnay ’21  California  $16
Entices with rich layers of green apple and pear that lead into spicy flavors of freshly baked apple pie, while barrel fermentation imparts a creamy, luscious mouthfeel finishing with sweet notes of vanilla and melted caramel. (especially soothing at room temperature! )

Jordanov Vranec ’20    Macedonia   $12
Aromas of ripe berries with notes of clove, nutmeg and cardamom. In the mouth it is full bodied with ripe dark fruit and hints of herbs with a noticeable dark chocolate edge on the well-structured finish. Enjoy with cheese, beef, lamb dishes or grilled sausage.

MAN Vintners Pinotage ’20   South Africa    $12
Aromas of dark coffee beans, red berries, nutmeg, and vanilla spice turning to dark berries and smoky plum; rustic yet silky and juicy, with smooth tannins, balanced acidity, and comforting intensity.

Taylor Fladgate 10 yr Tawny Port  Portugal    $28
Deep brick color with amber rim; rich, elegant nose of ripe berries with a delicate nuttiness and subtle notes of chocolate, butterscotch and fine oak; smooth and silky on the palate with persisting ripe, figgy, jammy flavors on the long finish.

 

NO Friday Bread Pickup This Week

 

Island Bakery has developed a lengthy rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before Wednesday will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.

 

 

 

Lummi Island Wild– Canned Wild Pink Salmon  and sushi grade Wild Albacore Tuna

As all of our locals know, one of the many blessings of living here is the annual late summer reefnet fishery in Legoe Bay. Though for many years it has been a mere shadow of the incredible harvests of the past as migrating salmon (silver, chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, pink) swam by on their way to spawn in upper reaches of the Nooksack and Fraser Rivers.

Nowadays the entire life cycle of anadromous fish (that return from the ocean to spawn in the fresh water rivers and streams where they were hatched) is under duress from climate change as well as from many decades of systematic over-fishing, pollution, and dams. 

Given all of that, the Lummi Island reefnet fishery is a special gem, using ancient techniques and modern gear to catch a small number of migrating fish each fall in a way that preserves their quality and the ability of the stock to spawn and reproduce.

No doubt many of you have taken advantage of this year’s local catch at the Beach Store Cafe and/or the Reef Net trailer parked regularly by the Islander store. For several month now they have been serving fish and chips using reef-net caught salmon, particularly pinks . It is soooo good! 

And now it is available in cans right here at the wine shop, right next to our stock of LI Wild canned albacore tuna, both almost certainly the best you have ever had!

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Mar a Lago Update:  Tweetster Advisors Who Will Vote Against Him

Well, this is a brief post tonight, and you might not be able to read this link from today’s NYT unless you are a subscriber. Adapted from an article by Sarah Longwell, publisher of The Bulwark, it is cleverly composed, entertainingly presented,  and carries a stark and vital message.

The NYT article is What 17 of Trump’s ‘Best People’ said about him.  See also Longwell’s article in The Bulwark “It’s Time for Former Trump Officials to Come Out Against Him”

The basic message is a stark warning that we must heed the stories of  “People who worked closely with Mr. Trump — whom he trusted, who worked with him every day, who saw him in private when the cameras were off.”

Her goal in the article is that everyone should understand clearly why so many high level professionals who worked with the Tweetster daily over months and years regard his ever holding office again a clear and present danger to our country and to the World.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOURS  for  January, 2024 

Current plans are for bread pickup to every other week until further notice.

Friday, Jan 12, 4-6pm: Open for wine tasting, sales, and bread pickup; SPECIAL NOTE: DUE TO VERY COLD WEATHER, BREAD PICKUP  FROM 4-5 pm ONLY

Friday, Jan 19, 4-6pm: Open for wine tasting & sales only (no bread)

Friday, Jan 26, 4-6pm: Open for wine tasting, sales, and bread order pickup

 

 

 

This week’s wine tasting: hearty wines to keep you warm durin’ the Nor’eastuh

Chardonnay - Phantom WinePhantom Chardonnay ’21  California  $16
Entices with rich layers of green apple and pear that lead into spicy flavors of freshly baked apple pie, while barrel fermentation imparts a creamy, luscious mouthfeel finishing with sweet notes of vanilla and melted caramel. (especially soothing at room temperature! )

Jordanov Vranec ’20    Macedonia   $12
Aromas of ripe berries with notes of clove, nutmeg and cardamom. In the mouth it is full bodied with ripe dark fruit and hints of herbs with a noticeable dark chocolate edge on the well-structured finish. Enjoy with cheese, beef, lamb dishes or grilled sausage.

MAN Vintners Pinotage ’20   South Africa    $12
Aromas of dark coffee beans, red berries, nutmeg, and vanilla spice turning to dark berries and smoky plum; rustic yet silky and juicy, with smooth tannins, balanced acidity, and comforting intensity.

Taylor Fladgate 10 yr Tawny Port  Portugal    $28
Deep brick color with amber rim; rich, elegant nose of ripe berries with a delicate nuttiness and subtle notes of chocolate, butterscotch and fine oak; smooth and silky on the palate with persisting ripe, figgy, jammy flavors on the long finish.

 

Friday Bread Pickup This Week: 4-5pm only due to freezing weather!

Pain Meunier -aka “Miller’s Bread”— made with pre-fermented dough it contains all portions of the wheat berry: flour, fresh milled whole wheat, cracked wheat and wheat germ, always a favorite and a great all around bread. It makes the best toast! – $5/loaf

Sonnenblumenbrot – aka Sunflower Seed Bread–  made with a pre-ferment that is a complete dough itself. It takes a portion of the flour, water, salt and yeast that ferments overnight before mixing the final dough, made with bread flour and freshly milled rye, then loaded up with toasted sunflower seeds and some barley malt syrup for sweetness. This is a typical German seed bread – $5/loaf

Fruit & Spice Rolls – Not as rich and sweet as many of our pastry choices, with almost half whole wheat but still have plenty of butter, and sugar add flavor and a tender crumb, along with dried cranberries, golden raisins, and fresh orange peel/juice with anise, cinnamon, mace, and cardamon and topped with demerara sugar before baking for that extra bit of sweetness and crunch. 2/$5

Island Bakery has developed a lengthy rotation cycle of several dozen breads and pastries. Each Sunday Janice emails the week’s bread offering to her mailing list. Orders received before Wednesday will be available for pickup at the wine shop each Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Go to Contact us to get on the bread email list.

 

Lummi Island Wild Canned Pink Salmon

As all of our locals know, one of the many blessings of living here is the annual late summer reefnet fishery in Legoe Bay. Though for many years it has been a mere shadow of the incredible harvests of the past as migrating salmon (silver, chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, pink) swam by on their way to spawn in upper reaches of the Nooksack and Fraser Rivers.

Nowadays the entire life cycle of anadromous fish (that return from the ocean to spawn in the fresh water rivers and streams where they were hatched) is under duress from climate change as well as from many decades of systematic over-fishing, pollution, and dams. 

Given all of that, the Lummi Island reefnet fishery is a special gem, using ancient techniques and modern gear to catch a small number of migrating fish each fall in a way that preserves their quality and the ability of the stock to spawn and reproduce.

No doubt many of you have taken advantage of this year’s local catch at the Beach Store Cafe and/or the Reef Net trailer parked regularly by the Islander store. For several month now they have been serving fish and chips using reef-net caught salmon, particularly pinks . It is soooo good! 

And now it is available in cans right here at the wine shop, right next to our stock of LI Wild canned albacore tuna, both almost certainly the best you have ever had!

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The Economics of the Heart: Encore– Our Ongoing Civil War

Cincinnati - Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum 'Sentinel at Sunset – Civil War Section'

Cincinnati – Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum ‘Sentinel at Sunset – Civil War Section’

While looking through back posts for this week’s bread notes, I ran across a piece from a year and a half ago (July 22, ’22) that seems even more relevant and disturbing in today’s Maga Hatter’s Tea Party than it was then. Or as some people say, “things are getting worse faster than we’re getting older…!”

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Every once in a while we read something that unexpectedly pulls several seemingly unrelated issues into such a compelling systemic context that we have something of a “Eureka!” moment. That happened this week while reading an interview from last March with Barbara Walter, a political scientist at  UCSD, who recently published a fascinating and timely book: How Civil Wars Start: And How to Stop Them.

Over the decades political scientists have collected lots of data about revolutions and tested lots of models in search of a set of variables that could best predict them. In 1994 the CIA started a think tank called the Political Instability Task Force to identify effective metrics to assess a society’s likelihood of civil war. Over time the group has examined some 250 historical instances of acute instability between 1955 and 2002, assessed some thirty different factors as possible predictors, and found only two that had significant predictive value.

The first factor is a nation’s degree of anocracy, its tendency to be autocratic or democratic. Scores ranged from -10 for a completely autocratic state like North Korea to +10 for a completely democratic state like Denmark or Canada. Most countries are somewhere in between. The US is currently at a +5, down from the +10 it had enjoyed since the scale was invented. Countries in the ambiguous zone between -5 and +5 have significant and conflicting elements of both and are therefore considered at higher risk for revolution than either stable democracies or stable autocracies.

The second factor is whether the current dominant organizing principle in the society is based on ideology (values) or identity (religion, ethnicity, race). While ideological differences lend themselves well to democratic compromise, identity differences are much more likely to lead to animosity, tribalism, and even civil war.

In the interview Professor Walter relates a story of how her father, a young German boy during the Nazi years, before emigrating to the US in the 50’s, became very agitated about the Trump candidacy and election in 2016, seeing in his politics many parallels to the Nazi brown-shirts of his childhood: twisting facts, denigrating minorities and immigrants, and undermining dissent.

There have always been political differences in American politics, but compromises have led to deals, public business has been conducted, and the government has been stable. The eye-opening takeaway from the author’s observations is that the political battle that has been going on in our country since about 1992 has never been just a simple clash of liberal and conservative values. It began in the 90’s with Gingrich’s open warfare against the Clinton White House in particular and Congressional Democrats in general. It started becoming less and less about ideas and values and more and more about identity.

That was accelerated by populist response to the Obama Presidency, which in turn led to the election of some 87 “Tea Party” Republicans in 2010 who espoused the extreme views of the Koch brothers and its lobbying arm ALEC. Most of them came from such heavily gerrymandered conservative districts they were largely guaranteed election, unless they lost a primary to a candidate further to their Right. With no incentive to move toward the center for reelection, they have have increasingly refused to compromise on any issue rather than give Democrats a “win” on anything– quite willing to let their constituents suffer rather than compromise.

It is difficult to see anything positive coming from the increased militancy of the Right, spotlighted spectacularly by the recent authoritarian Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and to forbid the EPA from regulating carbon emissions. Our nation seems to be nearing a turning point: The party’s long-term viability may be in doubt if a strategy of mindless, implacable obstruction endangers the stability and prosperity of the country, causing too many voters to consider it an existential threat. Cynical political realism, if nothing else, suggests that the Republican Party can’t carry on forever as a permanent revolution. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/12/04/tea-party-trumpism-conservatives-populism/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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