You were a writer for a major news outlet? Wow. Did you take English 1A? You seem to have overlooked the basic formula of persuasive writing. You presented your main idea, but your writing in support of it is sloppy, inconsistent and in several places outright contradictory, it’s full of false equivalencies and straw-man arguments and relies upon a selectively revisionist history and denial.
I find it troubling that a writer working for a huge organization like the Washington Post could be published demonstrating such a flimsy grasp on the basics of American civics.
Well, you broke it, you bought it.