Freakout! Division!

There’s something in educator’s water that’s driving them to long letters about last week’s presidential election. Readers have been sending examples to Scott Johnson at Powerline: here’s his most recent example. This has spread to chairfolk of YWCAs and even to elementary school principals. Heavens to Murgatroyd.

A common theme is these screeds (besides some virtue signalling:  “I didn’t vote for Trump! It’s not my fault!”) is that the election was divisive, as if this is something unusual or rare. Goodness gracious me, any community of more than 1 is frequently divided, and I at least often argue with myself. Sometimes with acrimony. Communities fight. I believe that the collective noun for a group of Anglican liturgists is “a bicker.” Legend has it that St. Nicholas of Myra slugged the heretic Arius at the Council of Nicea. Yeah, the Santa Claus guy. What matters is the resolution to division, not that it happens.

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