By Anna Ilona Mussmann
How quaint it seems that once, most Americans called our country the best place on earth. It is not that the U.S. was free from injustice or cultural battles, but that the majority of the population felt united by common ideals. These days, the one thing we all have in common with our political foes is a fear of what “the other side” will do if given half a chance.
Some of us see political activists determined to free our country from the influences of Judeo-Christian beliefs by demonizing all who would live by those precepts. It is a fear that is mocked by many progressives even as they appear to further that agenda.
Some of us see the coming of xenophobic public policies and the rise of an “alt right” based on white identity politics. It is a fear that is dismissed by many conservatives even as they seem unconcerned about the sufferings of non-whites.
All our fears are heightened by the apparent blindness of our neighbors. How can we talk about a problem that others can’t see? The impossibility of communication erases the possibility of an answer that includes us all. What can be done when each faction insists it is the victim of a looming hegemony, and all of us are angry at the those others who claim the status of victimhood?