One of the many highlights in the BBC production of "I, Claudius" is when John Hurt (playing the degenerate Emperor Caligula) exclaims: "Aren't people awful?"
I say that on today of all days because it's manifestly true. Fifteen years ago we woke up to find ourselves under attack by a cruel and merciless foe. Now, a mere decade and a half later, we treat it as a bit of unpleasant weather that we probably had coming anyway.
Terrorists kill our ambassador and we shrug. They shoot up our holiday parties and military installations and our political class clicks there tongues about "gun violence."
When the attackers scream out their motivation while blasting away in a gay bar, the press is there to say that it's mental illness likely caused by the Southern Baptist Convention.
In an environment such as this, there's nothing I can say to rouse those who've fallen asleep and little comfort to offer for those who are still awake. It's a dark time for the republic.
Things may get better and they may get worse. They can't stay the same. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst - and remember what happened today.