My Naval Academy classmates decided to have a holiday conference call this year. I'm not dialing in.
For the longest time, I thought we graduates were supposed to be leaders among leaders in the military, pinnacles of honor, officers and gentlemen. Each of us actually took a solemn oath to protect and defend the constitution.
That was then.
Today, some of my classmates are gleeful Trump supporters. It's astounding and profoundly unsettling.
The conference call is supposed to be a chance for everyone to catch up. The ground rules exclude discussions of politics and religion. I'm sure it will be a polite conversation. I just can't do it.
In the grand scheme, this call is no big deal. But at ground level, it feels like America taking another small step down toward the bottom of the basement. Let's all be pals. Let's chitchat about grandchildren and retirement. Let's ignore the spread of ugliness and cruelty, courtesy of today's Republican Party.