When did my mother become a conservative? Over the past two days, a smattering of assertions:

“Blacks need to teach their children to respect authority.”

“Immigrants used to learn English.”

“Progressives are too sensitive and they’re eroding free speech.”

It is amazing I have any hair left. Then she took it super personally when I ended the conversation because I didn’t want to have a fight on my last day and told me I always have to be right.

Never have I been happier to be sitting on an Amtrak train on my way home.