America's sickness

Many have posted comments decrying the miserable state of our country. I couldn't agree more. The closeness of this election, no matter how it finally ends up, reveals an ugly rage in America that cannot be ignored. This rage seems largely driven by white men who despise liberal elites, even though they don't know what either word means. They want their leaders to hate the people they themselves hate, and Thump has given them permission to do just that. When I think about it, I get sick to my stomach. Maybe I'll have to stop thinking about it?

Some of my more balanced friends say it's time for reconciliation. Meet them where they are, my friends say. Show that you understand where they're coming from. Otherwise the war continues and everybody loses.

I'm not sure I can do that, certainly not any time soon.



Agreed, James

It's sad, tragic, mystifying that so much of our state—and our country—would opt for a possible sociopath (the italics my nod to the Goldwater standard). Maybe they're not that different from him, when it comes right down to it. And that truly is sad. As a retired mental health counselor, I know how hard it is to deal with sociopaths. Unlike psychopaths, sociopaths may be capable of empathy—they're not necessarily amygdala impaired—but empathy only for their in-group, for folks like them. But like psychopaths, they too evidence shades of narcissism, entitlement, and self-centeredness. I would've thought better of my fellow Carolinians ... and I hope to God I'm wrong about them. (Fortunately sociopaths didn't often come to see me ... I wasn't "special" enough to understand them. And besides, to their minds they didn't have problems ... everybody around them did. Go figure.)