President Barack Obama was fond of saying, in the aftermath of racist or other obnoxious incidents against fellow Americans, that such behavior does not represent who we are as a people.
But one wonders if that still holds today.
An unchecked meanness has taken hold throughout the land, encouraged by the presidential campaign and election of Donald Trump. It includes a despicable targeting of Muslims and Mexicans, the probable and unconscionable deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants and a loathsome willingness to disregard those who need government help the most.
Many in the Republican Congress have taken their cue from their mercurial leader and signed on...