America. It’s a divided place. This is no great revelation born of years and years of study and contemplation, but a conclusion one can make by scanning the Internet or television or media of your choice for ten seconds.
One-third hates the other third, and the remaining third doesn’t care.
But those two side that hate each other, boy is there a lot of enmity.
This “blue state/red state” divide has gotten worse since these terms came into vogue around 2004.
The red side accuses the blue side of living in a bubble. The blue side claims the bubble is a myth.
The bubble is a myth? Please. I live in it.
I’ve got a red-state core but I love and travel in blue-state circles, so I notice things others might not.
There’s a lot of hate, yes, but there’s is precious little understanding about why.
And I think this is a big problem.
It’s as important to understand why the other side hates you as it is to understand why you hate the other side.
I hear a lot of the affluent, highly educated urbanites laugh at Trump’s constituency, but underneath the indignation and political disagreement is a layer of genuine hurt: These folks don’t understand why many reject them and the work that they do.
Being called the “deep state” for merely doing their job. Distrusted as the cause of economic misery. And worst, being accused of not caring, which to this set is what really stings.
They’re supposed to be the compassionate ones! What gives? Continue reading “Learn the Hate”