The Last Five Years of the United States of America
umair haque

The few posts of yours I’ve now read have left the impression you’re intent on beating a dead horse without really advancing the conversation.

I’d be surprised if you could find someone nowadays who doesn’t recognize the U.S. has entered a tumultuous period. We know that. Continually sermonizing about the same thing doesn’t make us more or less enlightened, nor does it hold out any revitalizing promise or hope.

I personally believe the current situation has roused people from the political disengagement or apathy that has brought us to this point in time. A lively discussion has ensued, and I regard this as a good thing.

Among other things, we now know more about the size, scope and contours of the national divide. Valuable information has been publicly disseminated from so much venting.

Plus, I think voter turnout will be quite different in foreseeable elections.

Now we’re arriving at a point where the character of our country will get truly tested. This will revolve around questions like: can we find common ground? Can we compromise in ways that will yield productive results…toward building a “more perfect union?” Can we find a way to collectively navigate a world that is radically different from any before it?

I believe future discussions will start to move in this direction, more out of pure necessity than anything else. I also believe this discussion will be led by the centrists among us, which may well represent the bulk of our total population — and which otherwise kept silent amid the cacophony and roar of too many fanatics on both sides.

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