The nation has been poorly governed before, and has known that it was being poorly governed in the past, but this situation is particular and different. For it is in the matters of the utmost seriousness that this President is most untrustworthy: national security and commitment to the basic norms and covenants of democratic constitutionalism.
What I fear is that the United States will come under a terrorist attack. I believe that, at this point, so many people would doubt the official story of the event that it would trigger a political crisis.
What I fear is that the present administration would launch a preemptive attack against Iran and that most people would not believe their arguments for its necessity.
What I fear that is that a close outcome of the midterm elections -- one in which Republicans narrowly maintain control of one or both houses of Congresses -- would not be seen as legitimate or honest.
The top officials of the present administration are in genuine risk of being indicted for war crimes, under US law, and the Supreme Court has already declared all of their potential defenses to be without merit.
In short, any serious problem demanding governmental action in the next two years will place the nation into uncharted territory.
I do not have much hope that the Democratic Party, or even Congress under the control of the Democratic Party, will be reliable grown-ups in the next few years. My hope from them is that they will gain enough positions of power to demand the truth of what has happened since 2000. They will be instruments that will bring this administration to heel, but only because such action is being demanded of them by a civil society mobilized to defend democracy, civil liberties and the constitution.
Liberal Religion faces new tasks in the coming period of history. It is time for us to start preparing for what lies ahead.