Heather Cox Richardson:

But for all those noisy accolades, it was the letter of June 5, that he wrote in secret, alone and unsure whether the future would find him right or wrong but willing to take both the risk and the blame if he failed, that proved his heroism.

Politics, for much of the Republican Party, has devolved into farce. Entertainment for the purposes of power and ambition. That their party offers an eager audience, a clamoring mob, for this charade is more troubling than the vain and hollow people who seek to profit from it.

Shakespeare was referring to something different when he wrote "stars," but the words remain true in our celebrity culture:

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

Originally posted at Notes From the Underground 06:06 Wednesday, 7 June 2023