RIP, Charles

Sad to note the passing of Charles Krauthammer. I didn’t always agree with him, but I appreciated the construction and presentation of his arguments. He was a brilliant persuasive writer even when he failed to persuade me. If you want to be well-informed, it pays to find and follow a sharp mind with a different perspective than yours. I discovered Charles years ago when his column ran in the Seattle Times. I admired his sly wit, deep intelligence and measured tone. I saw him as someone with genuine conservative convictions, but who didn’t drink anyone’s Kool-Aid.  We’ll never know what Charles would have had to say about the unnecessary pain and anger caused by the Trump Administration’s cruel and pointless separation of children from their parents at the border. I like to think he would have begun by acknowledging the importance of border security and the responsibility borne by parents trying to enter the U.S. illegally with their children. He may even have called some of the news coverage overwrought. But I also like to think he would have concluded that separating asylum-seeking families did nothing to advance security, lacked compassion, caused a political headache for the GOP and gave America a black eye. In other words, I like to think he would have – in much more elegant fashion —  called bullshit. RIP, Charles.

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