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Election Eve - There Are No Safe Spaces

Sorry hysterical Yale students, there are no safe spaces anymore in America. As the most divisive election campaign comes to a close … Wait. No. If you think the divisiveness that has characterized this election campaign is going to magically evaporate in the faded late-autumn chill on Wednesday morning, you are in for a surprise.

But of course, you're not at all surprised at the possibility that the partisan divisions - and the confrontations in general - will linger, and even thrive, whoever wins this election on Tuesday night. You're just exhausted, and probably irritated. And maybe angry at the other side as well. Often really angry.

But these are times in which even pollsters, yes pollsters, go at each other with full-frontal raging obscenities. As in Nate Silver ripping into HuffPost's Ryan Grim, in a series of angry tweets. Over methodology used in polling at FiveThirthyEight compared with HuffPost's. F-bombs dropped repeatedly over how samples and respondents and trend lines are cobbled together to make a working statistical model. And it's hard not to get sucked into their exchange. (I'm completely with Nate btw, who has built a reputation for himself as a credible pollster).

Why? Because it seems that HuffPost's polling is biased and lacks credibility and their needling of fivethirtyeight deserved Nate Silver's contempt. But would any of us had such strong reactions to polling methodology a few electoral cycles ago?

America is fractured, and the fault lines have first been cultural well before they then became political. And much has to do with the progressive movements steady march into every aspect of an individual or a family's heretofore private life. When the personal becomes political - all of the personal, any aspect of personal behavior you can think of - then safe spaces vanish. Real safe spaces, ones where you have the freedom to pursue your life as you see fit. Ones that exist within a shared cultural framework. Not a monolithic cultural world. Which has never existed in America. But a generally agreed upon framework for existing. An agreed upon social contract.

Everything is litigated nowadays. Relations between government agencies for example. So now that the FBI has concluded that the new batch of emails do not provide any reason for them to change their earlier conclusion of an absence of behavior that could successfully be prosecuted, what does the State Department do bright and early Monday morning? They tell the court where the FOIA lawsuit launched by Judicial Watch is being held, that they will need 5 years to thoroughly review the 31,000 pages of emails recovered by the FBI. Ha ha. Ha ha.

From pollsters slugging it out, to emails being slow-walked by State, to media collaborating with campaigns, both campaigns, on a nasty personal level that leaves most of us uncomfortable, partisan politics is stretching trust in America and her institutions to the limits. This is not 1860, of course. Or even 1932, at least not yet. But the genius of the founding father's framework is being tested yet again. America will survive, and yes prosper, yet again. We just don't know the details quite yet. Including how long it will take for trust to be rebuilt in America.

Posted by AllardK at November 7, 2016 6:45 PM
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I grew up trusting our national government and its numerous agencies and departments. I responded to my nation’s draft call for military service rather than find a loophole or flee to Canada. I have never NOT filed my income tax forms. I have no criminal record. I have voted in every election since I became old enough to vote.

Slowly and consistently my trust eroded away. It wasn’t a massive fault line, but small cracks appearing with ever more regularity.

I found my patriotism and religious beliefs challenged on the public square. I found my trust in the press evaporating as it became politicized. As the voices of hate and anger, demanding largess and special treatment grew to a crescendo, I found government listening to the mob rather than the voice of reason, restraint and historical precedence.

Families, the basic building block of nations and civilization itself were being dismantled with the aid and encouragement of government. Education was similarly bastardized with the introduction of national standards designed to equalize achievement to its lowest denominator.

Excellence in performance is now trumped by seniority or discouraged as demeaning to others. We hand out trophies to our children that simply reward participation.

Institutions of higher learning are no longer laboratories of free thought as the liberalization of faculty demand compliance with politically correct thinking. We now have a huge number of able bodied citizens who find no disgrace in living off the work of others.

The morality of the nation has sunk to levels beyond my comprehension.

My voice will no doubt soon be silenced.

Posted by: Royal Flush at November 7, 2016 7:28 PM
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I often wonder if public education started out as mandatory. Was it put to the people as a benefit paid for by the public to better educate the community’s children? You know, like how Social Security was insurance paid for by the rich, or floating the idea of free healthcare to promote Obamacare?

Before the 16th and 17th amendments were passed nobody cared about the federal government. It didn’t affect them individually. It was that way from the beginning. We could have got to this point without conceding the individual’s right to own property to the federal government.

I believe our current situation is caused directly by the 16th and 17th amendments. Their accumulated effects have sold the common worker into slavery and servitude. The fruits of their labor are taken from them before they even receive it. And then, they beg for it back by surrendering their 5th amendment right to not incriminate themselves and their 4th amendment right to be secure in their papers. The federal government thanks them for being poor by paying them with an earned income credit.

The cumulative effects of the 16th and 17th amendments have us all looking to less than 600 people to solve our nation’s problems. That’s an impossible expectation. One that insists we lie to ourselves attempting to make it work.

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Posted by: Royal Flush at November 8, 2016 2:34 PM
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Well, now there are no safe spaces for you guys either. It’s not just opinion anymore, or red meat sloganeering. Now you have to make good on all your bull****. That would be most entertaining to watch, if it weren’t for the collateral damage.

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