“Never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
— John Donne,
“Devotions on Emergent Occasions, Meditation 17”
In one fell swoop, we’ve repealed the Constitution and done in democracy. In their places, an autocrat empowered by a consortium of chamber of commerce types, feckless conservatives, dutiful Republicans, political careerists, seething low-wage earners and rubes, an assortment of racists, misogynists and xenophobes.