Thanks. I've been lurking, but I have very little to say this year.
Now that I'm in Kentucky, I know a lot of people who cheer the President's every move. And I've found myself totally gobsmacked that we can have such different takes on the same circumstances. And then an acquaintance here quoted the old "3 million illegal voters" spiel and I thought "aha. I need to compare the nouvaeu Right's information sources to my own so that I can better understand why they see things the way they do, and maybe gain some perspective."
So for the past few days I've made a point of checking Fox News and Breitbart every time something breaks on NPR and NYTimes. Besides getting used to the taste of throw-up, I'm coming to learn that "cognitive dissonance" isn't strong enough a term to apply to the situation. There's a level of denial/willful ignorance- not to mention a total lack of irony- going on here that doesn't just bother me, it deeply worries me.
I recommend that everybody read both sides of every news item. It's illuminating.