On Saturday, Joseph Epstein of the Wall Street Journal published an op-ed piece: “Is There a Doctor in the White House? Not if You Need an MD.” The world reacted angrily to it, but it was his editor’s piece, “The Biden Team Strikes Back,” that particularly caught my attention. Together, the two say a lot about our divided America.

Mr. Epstein’s first sentence met the criteria for “successful” discourse today. Snarky, droll, and a little insulting. It delivered with a dry, yet acerbic, political bite:

“Madame First Lady — Mrs. Biden — Jill — kiddo: a bit of advice on…


J. Andrew Shelley is the author of the novel, American Butterfly. A very personal family story about bridging the trenches of America’s Culture War.

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