Thank you so much for writing this, I love it all and so hear where you’re coming from. That last sentence in particular perfectly sums up how I’ve been feeling for years. I’ve lived in a liberal bubble for most of my life, with the exception of my Republican in-laws and have found our exchanges absolutely fascinating. How can we possibly have any discussion when we’re working from a completely different set of ‘facts’? I brought this up to them and I said maybe I should be questioning my news sources too, but the responses were ‘yeah, you should be’ instead of maybe we all should be, which is why I really struggle with having a productive conversation. There’s no give, it seems, when questioning. If I had all the money and time in the world, I’d put it to encouraging productive public discourse. Get someone on both sides of the debate on big issues, who are respected on both sides, and have conversations in person, videotape it and keep doing it and doing it and doing it. Get a moderator that is well versed and fair. And most of all, make the ground rules be that both sides need to be kind and open. Also, don’t have a live audience. ;) Anyway, I can’t help but feel that this is all theater/circus to distract us from important issues where we can come together (ahem, *Citizens United*, ahem).