This is the essence of the problem. I’ll be honest and acknowledge that as a full-on liberal I was in some sort of echo-chamber of like-minded people. None of us could imagine a Trump presidency. (We still cannot).
But the day after the election, I came to realize my reality was incorrect. As a person, I may believe what I may believe, but as a citizen, I feel obliged to understand my fellow citizens.
It’s foolish to say that 50 million, about half of our fellow citizens are idiots, or wrong, or fail to understand. It’s everything liberals are accused of being: self-righteous, haughty, dismissive, arrogant, etc. Of course it’s equally foolish to think that all of the other half as sensible, rational, and willing to listen. Neither side, liberal or conservative has a hold on being right.
So we need to see if we can find a middle ground. As well-stated in the book “Don’t Think of an Elephant” there are a significant set of each side who are, for lack of a better word, un-persuadable. But, there’s a middle, and this middle is where we need to seek understanding, persuade, but perhaps more important, listen to how strident liberals can sound, and how sometimes there are grey areas. I am by no means suggesting we “cede ground to the right”, only that we work to find that middle, and work with them to find rational and workable solutions to some rather crazy situations.
Waiting for Trump or the world to explode, even if only be impeachment (and presumably subsequent ejection by the Senate) is not a strategy. It’s just an unproductive outcome.
Thanks for a very well-written, thoughtful and balanced piece. They’re hard to come by lately.