CLEVELAND – I’m generally an optimistic guy, the glass is half full, tomorrow will be a better day. Our Earth is a rather spectacular place and every day is a gift for those who are lucky enough to wake up in the morning to greet it.
So why do so many of us allow our political grudge to eclipse so much joy and beauty on a regular basis, and so eager to inflict that unhappiness and division on someone else?
Apparently, we optimists are about to face a bad shot.
No one reading this will be stunned to learn that the November 3 election did not go exactly as I hoped. But it occurred to me that the only good thing about Joe Biden’s election would be that we could, in a post-Donald Trump era, reduce all the excitement, take a deep breath, and start thinking about being us again. , instead of you against me.
Then came the consequences, with allegations of stolen elections from the right, threats to destroy the careers of anyone who has ever worked in the Trump administration from on the left, and then the horrible revolt of January 6 at the Capitol.
And if anything, the division and the resentment that accompanies it have continued to worsen.
This lament for absent civilization is rich, some of you are thinking, coming from the guy who just wrote a column last week praising Rush Limbaugh.
But that’s actually what led to these reflections on how far apart we all are and what appears to be the growing likelihood that we won’t find common ground anytime soon.
When I wrote that piece, I was …