A Time to Build…..

A Time to Build…..

Photo credit: Janet Donovan

“Welcome to a book event in the age of Corona. We kinda joked we were going to put a sign out front that said no French kissing, social distance appreciated,” said Juleanna Glover who hosted a book party at her home in Washington, DC with Christopher Reiter and co-hosted by Jon Ward in honor of author Yuval Levine for: A Time to Build.

Book synopsis: “A leading conservative intellectual argues that to renew America we must recommit to our institutions.  Americans are living through a social crisis. Our politics is polarized and bitterly divided. Culture wars rage on campus, in the media, social media, and other arenas of our common life. And for too many Americans, alienation can descend into despair, weakening families and communities and even driving an explosion of opioid abuse. Left and right alike have responded with populist anger at our institutions, and use only metaphors of destruction to describe the path forward: cleaning house, draining swamps. But, as Yuval Levin argues, this is a misguided prescription, rooted in a defective diagnosis. The social crisis we confront is defined not by an oppressive presence but by a debilitating absence of the forces that unite us and militate against alienation. As Levin argues, now is not a time to tear down, but rather to build and rebuild by committing ourselves to the institutions around us. From the military to churches, from families to schools, these institutions provide the forms and structures we need to be free. By taking concrete steps to help them be more trustworthy, we can renew the ties that bind Americans to one another.”  Hatchette Books

“I think our presidents are too powerful now,” Yuval told Hollywood on the Potomac, “but that a lot of that is caused by Congress being too weak and too weak on purpose, that the members have turned over responsibility and power to the President not wanting to be held responsible for hard choices. And here we are. So I think a reassertion of Congress is the first step toward putting the presidency in its rightful place. They never looked at it that way because they don’t want to be held responsible for making hard choices. They want to be reelected. And right now we’re in a moment when they don’t get much credit for  reaching complicated deals and making hard decisions. They get credit for performing, for being angry at the right things. So they’d rather let Presidents and Judges deal with the tough questions.” Wow.

Yuval Levin: