I want to discuss a topic that is a challenge for all of us, but particularly here in the United States, where we seem to be doing a fine job of dismantling our government and way of life with the help of right-wing media and a handful of bored Russians. And that is: how do we move forward with half of the nation hating the other half? In spite of the many opinion pieces that give voice to the easy feelings, this is not an easy subject. It’s easy to cheer an op-ed about the Capitol riots that basically says, “Fuck unity; those guys are racist assholes.” It is much harder to deal with the realities of our current situation in ways that won’t lead to some very bleak outcomes.

  • They are obedient toward people of so-called “higher status”
  • They are very rigid in their opinions and beliefs, often adopting a Manichaean view of the world: everything is all good or all bad
  • They defend what they perceive to be “traditional values”
  • People can be divided into two distinct classes: the weak and the strong.
  • What this country needs most, more than laws and political programs, is a few courageous, tireless, devoted leaders in whom the people can put their faith.
  • The true American way of life is disappearing so fast that force may be necessary to preserve it.
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