Date: 2016-10-13 02:37 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] cathexys
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I read his and yours and don't disagree with either. I do feel that hopelessness, being immersed in a deeply red state surrounded by deeply red folks mostly in that beyond all the anger and frustration there's also a serious cognitive dissonance. It's like we've arrived at a state of pure relativism where no shared truth exists (or rather, no shared place that verifies that truth).

At the same time, I think the one thing we all may agree on is that politicians on both sides of the aisle have not done a great job thinking of middle America (or even the urban middle class for that matter) while interest groups run a lot of the show. That's the one thing we may all agree on, and yet voting an absolute amateur (and this one at that!) clearly can't be the answer! (FWIW, I copyedited a book a few years ago that tracked the success rate and voter connectiveness of the crop of 90s folks that came in with the Gingrich no career politicians slate--they had no significantly closer ties to their constituents and lacked the connections in Washington to get as much done, so Mr. Smith Goes to Washington really is a weird American Dream with little to substantiate it--yet Designated Survivor and Madama Secretary show we LOVE this dream!!!)

Now I'm rambling, but... I think the problems are huge, and I think we lack a shared language to even articulate where we agree a lot of times, which doesn't bode well, I fear...
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