Political discussions seem impossible because both sides can’t agree what is even real. We only believe our own news-source comfort zones.
Our country’s polarization is troubling, especially since much of the emotion is based on “alternative facts,” an intentional strategy.
A Jan. 27 Washington Post article stated, “The recipe for populism is universal. Find a wound common to many, find (a scapegoat), make up a good story. … Tell the wounded you know how they feel. That you found the bad guys. Label them: the minorities, the politicians, the businessmen,” the media. They’re the “vermin, evil masterminds, haters and losers. … Then paint yourself as the savior. Capture the people’s imagination … enrapture them with a tale. One that starts with anger and ends in vengeance. A vengeance they can participate in.”
It won’t change until we do. Moderates and liberals are vital to Donald Trump’s supporters as “enemies” rather than co-Americans they can work with to create better solutions for everyone.
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We need to recognize we’re the “enemy” Trump requires. We need to reach out to Trump supporters, and work with them to overcome the polarization and return America’s oligarchy to a democracy.
Start by reading Indivisible, www.indivisibleguide.com/web.
Pandora Nash-Karner, Los Osos