Michael Gerson proves once again in The Washington Post that even amid a debate characterized by more passion than common sense, such as the debate that followed the Supreme Court’s decision to roe v. wading and Planned Parenthood v. Caseyhe can find something to say that is intellectually smart, morally decent, and passionate without being biased.
There has been much commentary on Tuesday’s testimony by former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, in which she outlined how insane the behavior of former President Donald Trump was on Jan. 6, 2021, but the winner goes for best comment, unsurprisingly. , to Jack Shafer at Politico. Not only does he focus on what she said, he gives the best description of Trump fatigue and why we need to overcome it in this case:
Since Trump was the subject, the sting may have lasted only a few milliseconds for the fire to recede and some of us began to lock up the Hutchinson testimony in that seething cesspool where we keep evidence of his barbaric and criminal ways.
That is beautiful writing.
Sad news from the art world. Artist Sam Gilliam has passed away. He was part of a group of artists in Washington formed and shaped by the Washington Color School that inspired so many abstract artists in the last half of the 20th century. Sam was part of the ‘second wave’. I am lucky enough to have bought a beautiful painting, “Shadows”, of the great Gay Glading, who was part of that school, but I could never afford Sam’s work! Still, I remember lovingly bumping into him at parties and what a graceful presence he lent to every conversation he entered. And the art he made was beautiful! If you’re in the DC area, an exhibit at the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery highlights the work of the colorists, and there’s also an ongoing exhibit of Sam’s work at the Hirshhorn Gallery on the National Mall.
It’s not exactly news that a group of Catholics fond of the traditionalist liturgy chose San Francisco for a gathering. But it was news to discover that the group was seeking sponsors in the amount of $50,000 for what they called the “Cardinal Pell Package,” which entitles the sponsor to two tickets to the VIP dinner, recognition at the conference and a chance to ‘meet’. and salute” the Cardinal. George Pell, the former Archbishop of Sydney, spoke at the event. For $20,000, sponsors were able to obtain the “Cardinal Sarah Package,” named after the former Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Robert Sarah, who is also speaking at the conference Same chance to meet the cardinal and be recognized at the conference but no VIP dinner tickets I’m not that good at math but I guess that means for $30,000 you can get two VIP tickets get dinner tickets Must be a dinner My colleague Chris Lamb from The Tablet has the story.
Mark Silk is half right about the Supreme Court rulings in two cases involving the religion clauses of the First Amendment. The court’s decision to side with a football coach who led many of his players in post-game prayer, and which some students said felt pressured to join, was wrong. But as I argued last week, they got the tuition for religious schools in Maine right, and Silk thinks they’re wrong, along with their statements about guns and abortion. Right or wrong, Silk is always worth reading.
It’s the fourth weekend of July, which means it’s time to listen to John Philip Sousa. All his marches are fun, but this weekend nothing beats “Stars and Stripes Forever” performed here by “the President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band. Back in the day, when I played trombone in the Willimantic City Band, this was my favorite.