A Note from The Bulwark Team
It’s been a rough few
months years for America. And in the midst of the chaos and culture war there’s a temptation to feel down about the future. That’s understandable. Still: We are very lucky.
Not just because our country survived four long years with two impeachments and a failed coup attempt that left our democracy damaged and our populace divided and distrustful.
Through all this, we remain lucky to be Americans.
And the Fourth of July is a day when we can all get together on our street, with our neighbors, with our friends and families, and celebrate this fact. It’s a day to set aside partisanship—to look beyond it.
That’s what we try to do every day at The Bulwark. It isn’t easy and we don’t always succeed. But we’re trying. Trying to live the country-over-party credo. Trying to model ways of having honest discussions and disagreements—so long as everyone agrees on the underpinnings of democracy and the rule of law.
Bill Kristol likes to jokingly quote a John McCain line about how “It’s always darkest before it goes pitch black.” And yes, we are in a bit of a dark period. But when you stand in the darkness, eventually your eyes adjust. In this darkness, we here at The Bulwark found you, and you found us.
Together, as a community, we might not agree on every particular, but we do agree that this country is great. And also that, like every generation, we’re supposed to work together to fix the flaws and make this great country even greater. Not great again. Greater.
The power to inform is, hands down, the single most important factor in societal change. Here, it’s not a one-way street. You subscribe to The Bulwark for information, but we, in turn, learn from you, too.
And even when we disagree, we do so like good neighbors or friends. That’s how you make us feel, and we hope that feeling is mutual.
Days like today are reminders of what we’re lucky to have and how much work remains ahead.
From all of us at The Bulwark, Happy Fourth.
From today’s The Bulwark:
I think things are shifting at last: https://michaelmohr.substack.com/p/the-new-york-times-still-has-guts
Thank you. Happy to be part of this community.