Thank you for “doing the work” of having these conversations. I try to do the same, and it’s always disappointing when someone blocks, rather than just stepping away from a particular thread. The belief that the average citizen is like those portrayed on the worst reality shows is disturbing, and dismissive of the different kinds of intelligent people we have in this country. In other countries, it’s used to create and maintain class boundaries that severely harm democracy. I don’t want that here.