On Nukes and Circuses

On a day when we learned 42 U.S. Senators have now committed to an international deal that will help prevent proliferation of the most destructive weaponry ever known, I prefer to think about how we have taken a step back from another expensive, deadly conflict and toward transnational understanding, instead of sharing -- as many are doing in my social media feeds, however critically or derisively -- some video of a medieval-minded woman who flouts the very system she has sworn an oath to protect. This system and all its vaunted liberty was built on the very separation of governance from theocracy that we champion abroad, that we insist distinguishes us from the foreign lands we have cast as enemies.

We are better than this. Let's focus on the world we want and not anchor ourselves watching the spectacle of the retrograde circuses around us.