Engagement

There are countless ways for people to be engaged in the workings of democracy. Two examples came to mind on Thursday. Robert Hubbell, a brilliant student of democracy and prolific writer, provides incisive insights about events that may go unnoticed. His November 17 post, “A bittersweet victory,” reviews the Senate’s passage of the Respect for Marriage Act; Donald Trump’s announcement for a 2024 bid for the White House; and questions about polling in the days leading up to the midterm elections. He’s a tour de force.

Michael Gerson (1964-2022) was the lead speechwriter for George W. Bush, a columnist for The Washington Post and a regular participant on PBS NewsHour. His evangelical Christian faith and his conservative political convictions led him to speak and write extensively about Donald Trump as a threat to democracy.

This week, the Post re-printed Gerson’s popular 2013 column about his child going to college, “Michael Gerson: Saying Goodbye to my child, the youngster.” His 2019 sermon at the Washington National Cathedral shared his experience with depression.

When the history of this era is written, Gerson’s opposition to Trump, beginning in 2016, will be an authoritative resource about the use and misuse of presidential power.

From “Michael Gerson, Post columnist and Bush speechwriter on 9/11, dies at 58,” by Brian Murphy, The Washington Post, November 17, 2022

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