We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The country elected a bull for the effete china shop of the greedy federal government and all of its sinecures and parasites. At least, thought they did. Entertaining, too. Big cojones, a Honey Badger, a tough crude person for our times. A common-sense liberal, I believe, to restore some balance of sanity. Good circus for all news junkies and big $ for the networks. Reality TV.
Half the country, it seems, is glad to finally find somebody to really hate. I guess their lives lack a little something and I don't mean money. Many people need something to hate. Sad for them, but life is too short for that.
Going skiing. Nothing to hate at all. Another happy American tax-paying citizen having fun in the global cooling. Cold beer, pretty athletic girls, good pals from church. Good life. The whiners need to get with the program and make the most of it. Soon enough, they will be old.
Good comparison. it helps to explain why it is so hard for good people who are well educated thinkers and rational idealists have such a hard time pulling away from "the cult". I think it has to do with how strongly the people who raised you focused on a personal code, or set of ethics--the ones we all used to agree upon. The other thing I think is important is whether or not you ever had any training in the old school of journalism. Tell the truth: who, what, when, why, where and how. Today's journalism has a powerful hold over the naive and it is very difficult for them to break away.
I like to think that a "rational idealist" wants to see every kitten rescued from every tree, but can get enough emotional distance to acknowledge that it's unreasonable to expect other people to do all the rescuing at no personal inconvenience to himself. "Other people's money" is the best all-purpose explanation I know of for why seemingly benign political principles go so wrong. Keep the burdens aligned with the benefits within individuals as much as possible, and most tough balancing acts will sort themselves out without giant societal upheavals and control battles.