It always amazes me how confident people can be in their own political opinions.
We have a tendency, both Left and Right, to plant our flags and defend them to the death.
Anyone who pays attention to politics understands about confirmation bias and how it tends to snuggy-up with our better feelings about ourselves.
I have dropped out of writing articles for awhile now. There are a number of reasons for this.
One reason is the weird distortion of American politics in the era of Trump.
This moment in American history bears an eerie resemblance to the United States of 1968.
The country is polarized and there is fighting in the streets.
There is no "loyal opposition." Those who disagree are considered the enemy.
But what always strikes me is that in 1968, tens of thousands of young American men died in the conflict in Vietnam.
The Ku Klux Klan was still active and popular in the southern states and still engaged in the hanging sport.
Within many households, men still expected women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen.
And racism, in general, was far worse than it is now.
And, yet, this American cultural moment is as angry and as violent as 1968.
The question is, why?