The whole concept of a free exchange of ideas depends on the assumption that everyone is playing by the same rules, and playing with the same deck of 52.
If I argue that 2+8=10 and someone else argues that 6+4=10 while a third party argues that 4+6=10, then we have the basis for a disagreement on our beliefs, and possibly an opportunity to expand our understanding of this thing we call “reality.”
But if I’m arguing that 2+8=10 and you’re arguing that 7+13=84,219 then we have a problem. Especially if five minutes later you’re arguing that 7+13=-88.
Thus our current conundrum.
If we both believe that education is a good thing, something to be supported by our society, then I can believe we should increase funding by 5% and you can think that we should decrease it by 2%. We can lay our our reasons for our positions and we can reach some compromise.
If I think that school funding should increase by 5% and you think that school funding should be slashed by half, school music and arts education eliminated completely, and if you’re too poor to go to a private school that’s Ivy League prep, then tough shit for you… Then it’s hard to compromise.
If I think that health care should be a right and available to everyone in society, from the Koch Brothers down to the most recent immigrant (legal or otherwise), and you think that everyone who can’t afford health insurance at twice what it costs now should just go ahead and die and stop bothering you… Then it’s hard to compromise.
If I think our military budget is just fine as it is, especially since we already spend more than the next dozen countries in the world combined, and you think that we need a trillion dollar increase (mot of it going to line your own pockets, or the pockets of you evil sychophatns) while truly not giving a flying fuck whose life it utterly destroys… Then it’s hard to compromise.
The pendulum has swung this far to the right, where there’s no need to stay in the closet if you’re ignorant, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, uneducated, or simply filled to overflowing with hatred and fear.
We need to get it back to the left and keep it there. Fuck MAGA. For America to be great in the future we need to remember what made us great, and it wasn’t sealing our borders, inciting nuclear armageddon because SCROTUS had his wittle itty bitty feelings hurt, or letting a significant percentage of our population die from fully preventable diseases.
That may have been where we were at times in our past history – but we weren’t nearly as great then as we are now. Nor as great as we will be if we remember what we were and why we were that way.