sliv wrote on Feb 11, 2021, 17:57:
...it will require a meeting in the middle meaning both sides need to be willing to have enough courage to understand one another.
I do not believe it has anything to do with "courage" at all. Courage involves unilaterally accepting risk without a guaranteed ROI. What is required is an interest
. However, what is being forgotten here, and has yet to be mentioned, is that the interests of American citizens aren't aligned. They're not even slightly misaligned. They're wildly out of contact with each other and from themselves. For a simple example, it's no longer disagreeing over whether the sky is cerulean or periwinkle. It's someone saying the sky is "blue" and another person exclaiming that it is "monkey". "Monkey" isn't even a color but they'll want to argue about it endlessly, regardless of factual knowledge to the contrary.
Today I was out picking up our curbside grocery order. I saw no less than three QAnon bumper stickers on vehicles on the road. They weren't old, they were fresh. These are people publicly proclaiming, via signage, that they believe in a long disproved hoax "for teh lulz" that turned in to a whackjob web of conspiracy theories. I live in a small town so it's not like you're going to see a ton of cars on the road at one time which tells me that this conspiracy bullshit is growing.
I, personally, have neither the interest in communicating nor brokering an agreement with someone so out of touch with reality. We, as citizens, can disagree with how we enact resolutions to problems but we can't fundamentally disagree on reality and still resolve an issue.
I am neither an "R" nor am I a "D". I'm a Constitutionalist (and have been for more than four decades) so I don't subscribe to tribalism based on party. I am also quite liberal (note the small "l"). Sadly, I also live in Texas. We have politicians who have literally used arguments, in public, for policy and law that started with "The Bible says...". I'm sorry, I live in 2021. We have science, reason, logic, and data now. We don't need to depend on badly translated, intentionally warped, politically altered, bronze age mythology to figure out how to govern ourselves, frame laws, or make policy.
Again, we see a disconnect from a common reality. I don't know anyone who has scientific, verifiable data from a credible source on the existence of angels, demons, or talking burning bushes.
My last example is healthcare. If someone says to me "It sucks little Bobby's parents can't afford insulin. He can just die." Then I know I will never reach the fundamental start of a resolution when it comes to the health, healthcare, and wellbeing of my fellow man with that individual. It's the anathema of common decency.
This country is beyond the point of salvaging. There have been 40 years of political propaganda that has efficiently and effectively worked to separate the American citizen from one another. This country doesn't have another 40 years of time to walk back and deprogram that propaganda so it will just become louder to continually bludgeon people through fear, insecurity, and doubt. There is no common interest, there is no "our America". It's now "my America" where it's every person for themselves and fuck everyone else.
"Lock the doors. Kill the light. No one's coming...home tonight. It's getting colder."
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