Thursday, April 6, 2017

Too Late for Kumbaya

The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof writes a column in which he tries to sell Lib/Progs (as a friend calls 'em) on the wildly absurd idea of being nice to Trump voters. He notes we're not all racists and misogynists, very large of him, not to mention true.

Honestly, it may be too late for singing Kumbaya. We aren't much fonder of Sanders and Clinton voters than they are of us.

Neither of us likes the other group - as a group - worth a damn. We may know individuals we like in spite of their obnoxious beliefs, I know I do. If it seems we are less angry, it's because our guy won so we have less to be angry about.

Let me remind the kind reader of a brief paragraph I quoted from Gallup survey results two days ago finding Republicans are prouder of being Americans than Democrats.
Historically, Democrats' patriotism appears to have been susceptible to considerations such as which party occupies the White House and how the U.S. is faring internationally, while Republicans' patriotism has been more consistent over time.
Democrats' refusal to love this country unconditionally suggests we and they are in fact two separate populations. We have different ideas of right and wrong, different goals for the nation, different values. Example: we think making (or keeping) the U.S. great is wonderful; Democrats apparently find the whole notion embarrassing or obscene.