Partisanship: The Bottom Line

We may view ourselves as belonging to certain groups with what we perceive to be clear boundaries and conditions for inclusion. But in the end, we each share an arguably common set of political and personal ambitions: a peaceful existence; some measure of financial prosperity; a sense of personal well-being; a healthy dose of happiness for ourselves and our families … each guided always by the hope that there’s one better opportunity—at least one better tomorrow—just around the corner.

At least that’s the theory. Given the havoc Donald Trump has created, and the army of followers whose ideas and ideals about American exceptionalism have veered far off to the Right, one wonders how valid that notion might still be.