Shining Light on Truth

February 24, 2009

Rarely do I find commentary as incisive and articulate as that of Scott Horton. His “No Comment” blog for Harper’s Magazine illuminates current affairs not with polemics but cohesive facts and analysis. Reading his work I see the fog of he-said-she-said media coverage lift to reveal what looks like truth.

Yes, the fluid and passionate prose seduce me, as do conclusions that often square with my political views. But even Republicans would squirm uncomfortably while reading Horton’s trenchant summary of how GOP elected officials are behaving in these difficult times:

They lecture us about history and prove in the process that they are schooled on prejudice and venom. They believe that opposing the president in a time of crisis without proposing any credible alternatives of their own is a virtue and that debate is best conducted with fear and superstition and not reason and facts, yet every time they raise their voices they raise the same question: “How did the country come to the domestic and foreign policy mess it now faces?” We don’t have to look far.

Horton backs up his findings with factual examples that make me fear for my country. And in a follow-up post, he points to past Republican leaders who were intellectual and eloquent. “There was a time when the GOP. . . had brains. What happened?”