Tribune Content Agency Opinions

Border wall a symbol of our symbolic politics

As we close out 2018 with a partial government shutdown merely adding some extra spice to the monotonous stew of political rage served daily, it's worth noting that the primary sticking point isn't an ideological split over border security, nor is it the recalcitrance of the president or the Democrats. It's about symbolism, for want of a better word.

I am in no way trying to minimize the disagreement. We often dismiss controversies or concerns by waving

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from Tribune Content Agency Opinions

Tribune Content Agency Opinions3 min readSociety
Like The Jussie Smollett Case, Aaron Schock's Dropped Charges Should Be Investigated
Nothing spoils a good outrage like an intrusion of facts. Outrage boiled up in news and social networks once again after the dropping of federal charges against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, a Peoria Republican, became official on Wednesday. Some ob
Tribune Content Agency Opinions3 min readPolitics
Addiction And Guns, Can't We Tackle Both?
President Donald Trump has one extremely laudable, consistently present quality that even his most ardent critics should acknowledge. The characteristic is among the most steadfast aspects of Trump's personality. It's derived from grief, regret, and
Tribune Content Agency Opinions3 min readPolitics
Arguments Over Electability Are An Annoying Diversion
Our subject today is a word. It seems to be the word of the moment, at least on the political left. One can hardly read an opinion page or watch cable news without confronting this tiresome term, this irksome idiom. For the love of heaven, people, pl