Jonathan Peter Schwartz, rather than dig into the Kavanaugh hearings, which other readers, including the estimable Elle Beau, have already done so well, I’d like to thank you for discussing the very important idea that politics must not be all.
In any democracy where the will of the majority becomes supreme for all matters, then a certain tyranny of the majority must almost always result, or so it seems to me.
People who are members of often-persecuted minorities (like myself as a gay man) understand this instinctively, given that our fears tend to center around the majority. For us, politics is seldom a human process for which we feel a great deal of faith or affection.
We count on those objective truths and on ideals and institutions like constitutions and courts to protect us from politics.
Totalitarian leaders often reinforce their power by creating scapegoats and turning the majority against members of disliked minorities. History is full of well known examples, so I’ll refrain from list making.
I will say, though, that the Trump Administration has been very busy rolling back legal protections for LGBTQ people. Some of us are more than just a little nervous right now. We’re working furiously politically of course, investing a lot of hope in November and in the reestablishment of a little balance.
What’s sad for me is the apparent erosion of objectivity, and the evident creep toward totalitarianism that has overwhelmed our culture.
What’s sad is that we must rely on a political process when our objective institutions ought to be enough to protect us and keep us safe. They aren’t enough. Not with Trump and the current batch of Republicans in power.