Thanks for the support. I’m not sure what I did to deserve it?
In the end, this is all a discussion of my original response to
Fearing Social Progress, Trump And His Base Cling To Fake News And Nostalgia
Bottom line, the common ground we all have is that we agree the federal government is broken. Start there on a call-to-action. Given the divide in the view on most everything else, the logical conclusion is to state we need to limit federal government and let states (and potentially localities) create the government they want. I need to write an article on how we as American’s have idiolized the constitution which I believe the the core problem we are facing. Especially liberals who in your article focus on the hope of change. The change we need right now from my perspective is a constitution convention that creates a constitution that focuses on who we are today. CA and TX are two different ideological populations (although in 10 years, TX likely will be blue). Regardless, get out of the fantasy of some “homogeneous” moral perspective all American’s can be brought to and into a pragmatics of creating a federal government that can support the broad perspective without trying to ram intellectual left or radical right positions down the throats of people who don’t want them.
I realize that the fact that we have the current POTUS is triggering me in so many ways. I have learned that my use of “the Donald” for the POTUS and “Donaldings” for those who still support him isn’t functional in conversations. I’ll shift to POTUS and MAGA supporters.
I don’t understand why you (and others) resort to a derogatory diatribes on my intellect and intentions. I don’t think it can just be my responses. Something deeper is going on. That’s really what I’m interested in. How Obama and now Trump have highlighted the divide in the US and my statement that the only common ground we have is agreement that the federal government is broken. I don’t agree with much the Donald does (not because there isn’t some value in some of his ideas, but because he resorts so often to deragatory labels and tweats). I don’t try and degrade, I try and understand. Sometimes by pointing out the irony in responses — which maybe taken as derogatory. But regardless, I’m especially interested in understanding MAGA supporters and how they beleive 1. America was somehow greater in the past, 2. that Trump can somehow force the country to get back there. I’m also interested in understand the intellectual left that continues to beleive they have a moral right to force progressive/liberal positions onto the everyone in the US.
As my original statement above outlines, I believe the answer is less federal government in favor of states rights. Each state has a culture and identity that ideally is shaped by the majority of their population. I don’t believe we can reduce the federal government without states unilaterally taking back control. As the Obama and Trump administrations have highlighted, the system is hopelessly broken. That’s my perspective, I’m very open to other perspectives that 1. agree the federal government is broken, and 2. have practical solutions on how to address it. If you don’t beleive the federal government is broken, obviously we are debating a whole different topic. So maybe that’s where I really need to start, how many of you believe the federal government is broken?