So, I'll preface this with the fact I had a migraine last night and did not sleep well...so forgive me if my points are not perfectly phrased...that said: Looking around recently, with Trump, with Charlottesville, with Barcelona, with the media...it's all gotten crazy. This, in my opinion, started with a Debate tactic of changing the argument to your advantage and winning - still leaving the original question unanswered. It's like an conversational ponzi-scheme. So people on the left and the right can be spectacular dicks. The Media loves covering this...yet, my point is this: The vast majority of us are reasonable, pragmatic people. We have more in common than we have differences. So why do we allow ourselves to be drawn into an insane argument about (relatively) extreme ideological opposites? I trend Left, but I have nothing in common with the idiotic counter-protesters on the Left who break things and incite confrontation. OTOH, I feel most Conservatives have nothing in common with the Alt-right/neo-nazi dickholes who have gotten all the attention as an example of the Right. Can't we all just have a reasonable conversation? i'd really like that. --- Post Merged, Aug 18, 2017 --- Does no-one else get the sense we're being played?