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What makes U.S. democracy great, Trump is stearing us away from.

This thought has occurred to me on several occasions: Perhaps the appeal of Trump is just another symptom of a current trend in our culture: being against experts, against those who have legitimate authority, and who are thus the most qualified, on certain topics or in certain fields. In my oh so humble opinion, choosing Trump because you think his being a political outsider is a good thing and is what's going to "fix all of our problems", is like choosing a witch doctor (or a naturopath!) instead of an oncologist when you find out you have, or your closest loved one has, cancer.

But, I digress from what I initially intended to be posting. I think this is definitely worth considering the topic for discussion:
Civility at the core of American democracy, whatever politicians say
It's not in-depth, it's not very specific. I just think it's worth looking at because, in the very least, it puts onto the table for discussion something that I think is most probably, when we dig down to basics and fundamentals, common ground between all or nearly all of us, regardless of our political views and perspectives and feelings and backgrounds.

Tangentially related, I highly recommend John Dickerson's podcast Whistlestop: "a podcast of campaign curiosities" from history, revisiting "moments from the American quadrennial carnival. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing that make each presidential election cycle so fascinating."

John Dickerson, I would like to point out, is a political journalist par excellence. If you've never listened to him or read any of his work, you really ought to, because he truly is an example of how political journalism ought to be done and how a political journalist ought to speak, ask questions, and behave. (I actually find him rather pleasant to listen to, because he has a really nice voice, and just because of the way he speaks.) This, from the Wiki page, is spot on: "The Washington Post once wrote about his style of asking questions: 'The master of the game is John Dickerson of Time magazine, who has knocked Bush [George W.] off script so many times that his colleagues have coined a term for cleverly worded, seemingly harmless, but incisive questions: "Dickersonian."'" He is the political director of CBS News, host of Face the Nation on CBS, and a political columnist for Slate magazine; he used to write for Time magazine.
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