If this highly politicized era teaches us anything, it is the extent to which many Americans will go to maintain their beliefs. Claims about "fake" news and rigged elections are manifestations of this. So is the argument that the viral pandemic is exaggerated, even a hoax. We have witnessed a radicalization of political parties, emboldening paramilitary groups, and fostering wild conspiracy theories. A mob breached our Capitol. Possibilities of criminal prosecution for the perpetrators, as well as censure and impeachment of public officials, are in the air. Many people expressed horror at the insurrection. Others acknowledged their chagrin, even some measure of shame . But millions of others made no such acknowledgments. Indeed, they only hardened their view that their side is right and the other is wrong. To use Blackjack lingo, they doubled down. In the neighborhood where I live, at least three families have taken to flying their American flag upside down. One might imagine this to signify that the nation is in distress because of the attack on the Capitol. Based on their yard signs and bumper stickers, another conclusion is in order. They do this to maintain their protest of a purportedly stolen election. Another neighbor flies the Betsy Ross flag, adopted… Read full this story
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