I almost never post political stuff here, so I apologize in advance to those of you who don’t care for this kind of thing. Also, while there was some big news today about the FBI recommending no indictment for Clinton over the email scandal, this post isn’t about that.
Instead, I read two articles today by Michael Arnovitz, whom I’d never heard of before today. The first defends Hillary against the almost universal view that she’s untrustworthy. The second elaborates on the topic even more and also delves into the polarization of our politics. I thought both were great. While very lengthy, I think they’re worth the read.
One of the quotes that really stood out to me was this one from the second article:
In our own country, faced with serious issues and similar populist anger, both the extreme right and left have done much the same as the UK. And of course, they have both aimed their ideological guns at the usual suspects: the right have essentially blamed everything on immigrants and brown people, and the left have blamed everything on bankers and rich people. Both of these positions are ridiculous and juvenile. And unfortunately, they are also dangerous. But they have the advantage of being simple. And for a depressingly large slice of the electorate, that’s what works.