Amen to Mr. Jacobs:
I donâ€™t understand my fellow Christians who are enthusiastic Republicans; I donâ€™t understand the ones who are enthusiastic Democrats either. When I try to talk to either group about the ways their preferred party upholds â€” indeed, even celebrates â€” policies that simply cannot be reconciled with Christian teaching, I get the same shrug. Yes, they are certainly more â€œrealisticâ€ than I am; they may have a better understanding of what it means to live in a fallen and broken world. But they are all too sanguine for me. They arenâ€™t sad enough. There arenâ€™t enough â€” I recently taught the Aeneid, which brings this line to mind â€” there arenâ€™t enough lachrimae rerum, tears for how the world goes.