David Brooks has a column in the NY Times today that puts in literary terms -- a Faustian deal with the devil -- something I've been thinking for a few days as the Trump administration's bonfire of our morality gets crackling. Soon it will be true, if it's not already, that political party doesn't matter, and who you voted for doesn't matter. You will either be for Trump or against him. You will either, somehow, accommodate yourself to the ways he is undermining truth, going around our laws and traditions, hurting innocent people for no good reason, or you will decide you cannot abide that. Trump is pushing the pace; he is making large, destructive changes quickly; and even if it doesn't feel necessary now to proclaim yourself for or against, eventually (and soon) I believe, everyone will have to declare themselves, not in favor of a certain policy or against another, but for Trump or against him.  

Will Doolittle is projects editor at The Post-Star. He may be reached at will@poststar.com and followed on his blog, I think not, and on Twitter at

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