Due to some technical glitch, I cannot respond to individual comments.
This kept me from replying directly below the essay by Sam Guttenplan, an American philosopher long based in London (amd married to my accomplished cousin Jen.)
Sam's nuanced article suggests what I was thinking and trying to say,but he does it better.
This is Sam Guttenplan:
I also inadvertenly cut out a nice comment by Ed Martin -- gone, into the ozone. Maybe the hurricane is messing up the site.
And I cannot resist adding this comment from my friend George Mitrovich who worked for Robert F. Kennedy (Dem) and Charles Goodell (Rep.) George forwarded this comment by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, once the chief of staff to Colin Powell, on MSNBC the other night, responding to the vile Sununu comments:
"My party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as Commander in Chief as President, and everything to do with the color of skin, and that is despicable!"
"That is not an uncommon view of what has happened to the party of Lincoln, but seldom had it been said with such candor and directness."
-- Sounds right to me. GV
"The day after my 80th birthday, which overflowed with good wishes, surprises and Covid-safe celebrations, I awoke feeling fulfilled and thinking that whatever happens going forward, I’m OK with it. My life has been rewarding, my bucket list is empty, my family is thriving, and if everything ends tomorrow, so be it.
"Not that I expect to do anything to hasten my demise. I will continue to exercise regularly, eat healthfully and strive to minimize stress. But I’m also now taking stock of the many common hallmarks of aging and deciding what I need to reconsider."
--Jane E. Brody, my pal in the NYT newsroom, oh, a few years back, in the Personal Health column, Sept. 13, 2021.
"People have said to me, ‘You’re fully vaccinated. Why are you being so careful?’” said Dr. Robert M. Wachter, professor and chair of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “I’m still in the camp of I don’t want to get Covid. I don’t want to get a breakthrough infection.”
---Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times, Aug. 16, 2021.