Here’s the problem Jennifer, the two main political parties, as reflected in the US Congress, have sorted themselves out over the last 10 or 20 years pretty much along the lines of the two opposed parts of the human mind.

First there is the primitive ego, as Represented by the Darwinian Republicans and cheered on by Fox News and its conservative talk radio satellites. Its mantra is to survive and flourish by all possible means.

The base ego of the human mind is offset by the intellect as represented by most Democrats, and which many folks like Donald Trump fail to develop. Folks with highly developed intellects are more thoughtful, mature and insightful. In other words the critical qualities that a functioning democracy depends upon for its survival.

The bottom line is that because the country as a whole has so perfectly divided itself politically along the lines of the ego and intellect, while a large fraction of the nation wishes to preserve and enhance democracy another large chunk could care less about the niceties of democracy. It simply desires to aspire to power in the same old natural way as from the dawn of human time — by cheating, stealing, lying, or even killing if need be. (“I could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Av. and not lose a single supporter.)

It’s a bit of a stretch to see how making nice is going to bridge such a fundamental human divide.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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