The US right wing currently has so much power that it no longer feels the need to justify its form of lawlessness. The concentration of wealth has created a culture of cruelty.
Donald Trump sent his interior secretary to make a pointed threat against Lisa Murkowski over her health care vote.
Ira Chernus is a professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of Colorado and author of MythicAmerica: Essays. He blogs at mythicamerica.us, hosted by History News Network.