In the immediately preceding post, I comment on the vast chasm in American politics. It is, perhaps, every bit as unbridgeable as the one that America saw before the Civil War. People don’t just have differences of opinion, they have profoundly different moral compasses.
It is in that context that you should read the Anchoress’ post asking if America has gone beyond the possibility of civility in public discourse. She writes from a religious viewpoint, one that contemplates a spiritual serenity that I admire. Whether that serenity can ever beat back the toxic clash of ideologies we now see remains open to question.