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Democrat vs Republican : It’s the Thought That Counts

We’ve all been there. Christmas as a kid, maybe, or a random birthday in your adulthood.  Some kind soul offers you a wrapped gift, you open it and it is…terrible.  Like, you want to say “what the fuck am I supposed to do with this thing?” terrible.

Yet, you make eye contact with the giver, you smile, and you muster up the most sincere “Thank you!” that you can; because like your Mom taught you growing up – it’s the thought that counts.

Yesterday, we Americans saw a considerable shift in power, yet again, from one of our two parties to the other.  It wasn’t a surprise either in the moment or in the longer scope of history – six years into a sitting president, folks will always bemoan that there is still discord somewhere in the world and the Treasury hasn’t yet backed a Brinks truck up their driveway to shower them with cash, so they insist that we need a new direction.

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The Disappearing Middle

The scene plays out in a strikingly similar manner, regardless of topic.  During a group discussion about prominent news items, you’ll state your belief, the group unanimously disagrees, and you find yourself looking around the room, eyes wide open whilst scanning each individual, palms up, emoting a very clear “Seriously?  No one is going to back me up on this?”

Eventually, you become unsure if you should jump in the fray and explain your viewpoint or just let it pass without comment.  After all, what’s the point?  Online and off line, opinions on virtually every topical event are becoming increasingly antithetic.  The conversations are shortening, the distance between opinions are lengthening, and consensus is being reached ever more rarely.

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