“How we deserted common ground,” TIME magazine, 12/11/2017, page 23, author Nancy Gibbs offers discouraging observations about how the partisan split in our country has deeply divided us. A few samples of how the numbers have changed and how much more we are divided:
“The Pew Research Center found that across a range of issues – immigration, reac, security, the environment – the partisan split is now greater than differences in age, race, gender and income. The center has all but vanished….”
“Nate Silver’s website FiveThirtyEight calculated that after the 2016 election that of the nation’s 3,113 counties, not even 1 in 10 was an actual battleground, decided by less than 10% of the vote…..”
“…the blowout counties, decided by more than 50 points, went fro 93 to 1,196….”
It appears we are not simply divided, we are firmly divided.
The next issue of TIME, “The Silence Breakers,” 12/18/2017, pages 30-71, the Person of the Year issue, provides us with examples of courage on the parts of women who are making a stand against sexual harrassment. (Note that the article describes the sexual harrassment of 2 men, but let’s face it – by far, most of the victims are women.)
Wife Karen has way of summarizing things that often make me laugh while at the same time admire the truth of her expressions. When I mentioned that my mother, grandmothers, aunts, teachers, priests – all of them taught me that women were to be respected and cherished, and I wondered out loud why companies and government agencies have to conduct training on sexual harrassment. Her response: we were all taught to respect and cherish women, but that for some people those concepts just floated through the air and never penetrated their skulls.
Oh. Yeah. Right.
I am absolutely certain that all people know that sexual harrassment is wrong. What I can’t understand is how some people can ignore deviant behavior because it happened a long time ago or honestly believe that so many women are lying and/or being paid to come forward.
Finally, on page 92, author Massimo Calabresi provides a wonderful two-sentence summary of the separation of powers in a piece about Prosecutor Robert Mueller, who finished 4th in the Person of the Year selection process at TIME:
“Washington is all about rules. One branch of government writes them, another settles arguments about them, the third enforces them.”
Two sentences every civics teacher might find useful for their students to memorize.
Nobody asked me, but that’s my two cents worth……