We were done debating whether it was worth spending millions of dollars to unclog the traffic heading to the outlets on Route 9.
We were finished wondering whether $16.2 million was too much for a “Welcome Center” on the Northway.
Was there anything else we should talk about?
There was the quiet that ensues when our group is talked out, but then one of our editorial board members piped up again.
“I know that we don’t usually write about national issues, but I think we need to write something about this past week,” she said.
Several in our group shook their heads in a discouraging way, and we began the discussion on whether there was anything to add, and maybe more importantly, whether we were just wasting our time.
One member said, “Have we lost our souls?”
That seems like as good a place as any to start, because there is a case to be made that we as a people have not only lost our souls, but our compassion, our moral compass and our ability to recognize what is right and what is wrong.
The U.S. Senate was a shining example of that this week and the president was worse when he ridiculed a sexual assault victim at a public political rally this week.
Has any president every gone so low?
Has any person ever shown less compassion?
And how many of us stood up and condemned the action?
Few of us have the time, inclination or the legal training to closely follow or make sense of the workings of the Supreme Court. We’re sure few see it impacting their lives at all. One national poll showed that one in three people did not have an opinion about the Supreme Court nominee at the beginning of the latest confirmation hearing.
But our group was quick to agree that judges need to be better than the rest of us.
They have to be smarter, of unquestioned moral character and, above all, apolitical, fair and impartial.
They cannot be politicians.
Secondly, the members of the U.S. Senate must patriotically ensure that the integrity of the Supreme Court is without question. The U.S. Senate has failed us in that regard. No judge appointment should ever be decided along party lines. It is a red flag that the entire system has failed.
The last two weeks have been a low point for the U.S. Senate. It has failed to impartially consider a candidate for the Supreme Court and to do its due diligence in finding the truth without partisan motivation.
It will leave the Supreme Court tainted, perhaps forever.
We bore witness to their allegiance to a political party over the people.
We bore witness that their ideology has become their Bible and that there is no room for political dissent.
And any politician who steps out of line will be crucified on the altar of his/her own political party.
It is clear there is no room for moral introspection in Washington, D.C.
We have reached a new low as a republic, and the worst may be yet to come.
Looking back at our own local problems, they seem inconsequential by comparison.