From Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner, New York Times opinion section comes unhinged ahead of the 2020 election regarding What Have We Lost?:
Featuring all 15 New York Times opinion columnists, the collaboration asserts that its aim is to explain “what the past four years have cost America, and what’s at stake in this election.” However, rather than explore seriously and realistically the short- and long-term consequences of the Trump presidency, the project comes across more like a collective nervous breakdown, full of self-absorbed handwringing and wild-eyed proclamations about the future of the republic.
“Persuasion,” argues New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.
“The conundrum for those of us trying to change minds is that the more urgently we shout, the less we’re heard,” he writes. “The challenge for opponents of Trump like myself is that our denunciations of the president sometimes backfire and help him.”
My take from reading the same web page is that I have no clues what they are talking about when it is apparent they believe they are saying something very profound. For example, would someone please tell me what this is supposed to mean:
Hank Willis Thomas
Over the past four years, we have lost nearly everything and nothing at all. Nothing was lost but everything. Everything that is won can be lost, because winning and losing are nothing, after all.
I can sort of grasp what this guy is saying but I would have to reverse the direction of what he perceives as “forward” to believe he has a clue about what he is talking about:
Bobby C. Martin Jr.
America has lost all trust. Gone is any confidence in our institutions. Lost is our standing in the world. More divided than ever, we don’t even trust one another. Now is not the time to despair. We can’t get cynical. We can’t be afraid. Action is the only way forward. Vote. Vote. Vote.
In the end I’m inclined to agree with Adams. The New York Times people have no self awareness. This “project” of theirs, intended to be something profound, is merely an incoherent wailing:
The ahistorical lamentations featured in the New York Times’s “What have we lost?” project are neither insightful nor even particularly original. They are just the latest notes in a long, unbroken wail that began in November 2016.
If they could bottle that, like Liberal Tears, I’d used it to oil my guns.