“This is the new trick in Democratic politics. Dig up something your opponent said decades ago that looks bad by today’s standards, and pretend that [this is] mike-drop evidence of your awesome moral superiority. [But] humans evolve, and people need to stop pretending that if they were alive back then, they wouldn’t have been the same asshole as everyone else. Yes, you would. You would’ve driven without seat belts and drank when you were pregnant and hit your kids and hit your neighbor’s kids….they did that shit!

“Because woke-sight is not 20/20, and you don’t have ESPCP — Extra Sensory Politically Correct Perception. And if you were around in the 1780s and were rich and white, you likely would have had slaves. The first abolitionist society in American was founded in 1775, and it had 24 members. 24 people in the whole country thought slavery was wrong in the year before we declared independence. Stop being surprised [that] we used to be dumber than we are now. The humans of tomorrow will be horrified by us. You’re not morally better than your grandparents — you just came later. You’re just the next upgrade. You’re the iPhone 11.”

On a personal evolutionary note: People who’ve at least tried to bring clarity and moderation into their lives (i.e., those not enslaved by drugs, booze, cigarettes or some other malicious addiction) tend to evolve in itty-bitty increments. Gentler or more tolerant attitudes tend to prevail as we get older, rough edges tend to get sanded off, wisdom accrues drop by drop. And if you become sober **, it’s fair and reasonable to infer that inch by inch things will slowly evolve in a slightly better direction.

** As I did on 3.20.12.