Tuesday, June 30, 2015

An unexpected consensus in a divided age

News weeks like this past one bring out both the best and the worst in people.

My social-media feeds cover a wide swath of views. Liberals, moderates, conservatives, libertarians, socialists, well-read people of all persuasions, people of all persuasions well-read in sites that give them all the doom they can eat ... it's an eclectic bunch.

As expected, they debated the Confederate flag, they clashed on the legalization of gay marriage, they came to blows on gun control, etc. etc. There were tons of celebrating and wagon-circling alike, and not always along the lines that you'd expect. They defended the defensible, defended the indefensible and vice versa and vice versa.

And yet, one thing struck me: Not one of these people had a single positive thing to say about Bobby Jindal. At all. Not even from the people who, regardless of party affiliation, voted for him twice (or three times) for governor. Not a ringing endorsement, nor a grudging, "He'll do." Nothing.

This in an age where you can say, "Peanut butter is delicious," and someone else will reflexively reply, "You're in the pocket of Big Peanut, sheeperson!"

That's really something.

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