All we are saying . . .

WASHINGTON, DC — Imagine a big bunch of people all coming together without intolerance, prejudice or self-interest to unite them, but also without the aim of advancing any cause. Is that a good thing? It seems to speak to how little we have come to expect from ourselves that the unifying draw of the rally that brought at least 150,000 people to the middle of the nation’s capital Oct. 30 was the idea of expressing demagoguery fatigue.

Yes, it is reassuring to note that at least that idea drew more than twice as many people to the same spot as the pro-demagoguery, racism-inspired, dream-mocking rally assembled by hatemongers at the end of August. But however heartening that comparison might be, the results of elections four days later that showed erratic attention to recent events and the common good, indicates that maybe we are setting our sights for what this nation can accomplish kind of low.

Finding fault with delusional-fringe types is, after all, not exactly challenging.

Neither is making fun of people who don’t bother to think, and may not have much with which to think, but who think they should be doing the thinking for the rest of us . . .

Or satirizing the 18th-century nostalgia craze sweeping the faux history buff set . . .

Which is not to say they didn’t provide cheer and at least a sense of solidarity among those of us struggling with a sense of alienation lately.

And that approach required more critical thinking, and possibly more good will than the goody-two-shoes, play nice reproach directed at “both sides” . . .

Or implying that, rather than bigotry, intolerance and the exploitation by the greedy of the ignorant being a real threat to our future and our welfare, the problem we face is simply one of volume and intensity . . .

All of which, while still better than nothing, left me wondering: with all that creative energy, couldn’t we somehow find a way to make a fair, smart, inspiring nation?

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