Good article in the New York Times about how the Republican (I had to fight my urge not to capitalize that word) party is trying to change the rules of the game.
A New Hope From an Old Source
To know now what we could never have know before 1969 – that we now have an option for all humanity to “make it” successfully on this planet in this lifetime – is not to be optimistic. It is only a validation of hope, a hope that had no operationally forseeable validity before 1969. Whether it is to be Utopian or Oblivion will be a touch-and-go relay race right up to the final moment.