Stirewaltisms: For Memorial Day, Give It a Rest
Take the weekend off from having political opinions—or at least audibly gurgling about them.
FOR MEMORIAL DAY, GIVE IT A REST
This product is a day late and $1.50 short (inflation), and I have no better excuse than having briefly been too busy to be alive. I’m sorry.
And kindly excuse this eat-dessert-first format, in which we will answer the Mailbag at the top, before the news and news-like content. Also, some bear jokes.
Please have a lovely, peaceful time this weekend, whether you are solemn or celebratory. And avoid talking about politics, if you can. Take Memorial Day weekend off from having political opinions—or at least audibly gurgling about them. If we could all give it a rest for three days, it would be a worthwhile sign of respect for the sacrifices of people who gave their lives apolitically.
My version of patriotism says I should love my fellow citizens at least as much as I love my nation-state. Why would I care so intently about politics and government if I didn’t love the people those things were made to serve? It is neither loving nor productive to go around telling people they are wrong.