Jay's one of my Slats Grobniks – like Terry Peak and GTO. (Slats was one of Chicago columnist Mike Royko's fictitious characters.) Terry argues with me on matters technical and local politics. GTO renders his opinions on legal matters. Jay, is just an all-around guy with expertise on numerous matters from music to engineering to blood donation to cross-word puzzles.
So Jay on occasion encourages me to read. And recently he encouraged me to read a Frank Rich column about how the culture wars have changed since Obama has taken office. Read it here.
Rich make some excellent observations – as he always does – about life in a representative republic. Here's a clip:
"Americans have less and less patience for the intrusive and divisive moral scolds who thrived in the bubbles of the Clinton and Bush years. Culture wars are a luxury the country — the G.O.P. included — can no longer afford."
I don't know if the culture war is lost, or if there is just a temporary cease-fire while we all try to count what little money we have left and worry about how we're going to pay our taxes with those meager crumbs.