I tune in to multiple media sources to at least have a chance at objective understanding political issues. Two-party politics is rabidly adversarial, patently dysfunctional and viscerally stressful to observe.
During the Democratic National Convention, I switched to PBS as two presidential historians were discussing some folks from the past who thought a system of two parties with widely divergent philosophies would get more citizens to vote. They did not calculate how ugly it would get.
I have to force myself to watch and endure the hype and bombast of the Republican and Democratic conventions, relentless stream of speakers, many eloquent and uplifting but more seemingly bent on waxing negative beyond civil, objective, principled disagreement.
Washington demagogues indulge in obvious exaggeration to insult, demean and vilify fellow Americans to divide and manipulate us. When I hear obedient delegates laugh, whoop and applaud, I think of the Roman Coliseum without actual blood. I believe there is good and bad in every person and group. If you are all in for either party, you have likely been beguiled, managed or indoctrinated by rhetoric.
forensic social worker