I am back now from taking my wife to the doctor, and I wanted to share the initial reply I sent to Chris, who sent his lengthy response to me as an email.
Thank you for your long and thoughtful message. I am afraid I owe you an apology. It is really Robert Shore that I was irritated with, that and the general depression that hangs over us all these days. I agree with much of what you say, and where I disagree, it is over tactics, where I do not think my opinion carrries any great weight. I think, the realities being what they are, we shall have to work with a great many Democrats with whom we have profound disagreements, and I do not much like that, but it seems to me to be the reality we face. It is, at this point, another month before the really bad things start, and already we can see a great many people weakening, making deals, trying to claim that everything is normal.
About one thing I am quite sure. There will be no "revolution," if by that we mean something on the order of Russia or China. Any changes we make will have to be legislated, enacted, signed off on by a president, and all that. Therefore it seems to me we have no choice but to work with people we would normally view as enemies. I think folks like me, whose personal circumstances make them relatively secure, have a greater obligation to fight and struggle than those, like you, who are less safe. It takes very little courage for me to say what I do. It takes a great deal more for you to do the same.
Well, I must take my wife to the doctor, but I felt you deserved some response right away.