Let’s pretend

When I was a child, the neighborhood kids sometimes played a game called “let’s pretend,” although we called it “let’s play like.” There are computer versions of this in the metaverse. Today, the ability to play “let’s pretend” is a popular path to success in the Republican Party.

Liz Cheney is leaving Congress after just three terms because she chose not to play the game. Harriet Hageman will be Wyoming’s new representative. Hageman supported Cheney in 2016 when Cheney was first elected to Congress. That year, Hageman opposed the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, calling him “racist and xenophobic.” This was before she learned to play the game.

Today, a more-timely-than-I-want-to-admit read is “Why People Flocked To Hitler, And Why The Nazis Believed ‘Here There Is No Why,’” by Pramod K. Nayar in The Wire (August 31, 2021), based on Theodore Abel’s 1938 book, Why Hitler Came Into Power.

On this day after Wyoming’s primary, Cheney’s statement to her Trump-supporting colleagues is relevant: “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”

From “Liz Cheney Was Brave When the Country Needed Her to Be,” by Michael A. Cohen, an opinion piece in The Daily Beast, August 17, 2022

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