Back in August I talked about how my research for Long Live Death led me to see some uncomfortable similarities between Spain and the current situation.
That feeling is now all-consuming.
I am deeply troubled by the way things are moving. I'm old enough to remember the contested election of 2000 very clearly, and the media was much more scrupulous about not outrunning events or trying to force the issue.
Add in the increasing attacks on Catholic churches and religion in general, and I see dark times ahead of our nation.
If one examines the lead-up to the Spanish Civil War, there were multiple opportunities for things to de-escalate, but the Spanish Left was uninterested in them.
I fear their ideological heirs have not learned their history, and may make the same mistakes.
Let us pray that this is not the case.