Excerpt from The New York Times
Written by Frank Lutz
The greatest country in the history of civilization has become dangerously uncivilized.
We’re living through the “Thelma and Louise” election, and it doesn’t work out in the end. For months, both candidates have been headed toward the electoral cliff of division and discord — fueled by an electorate seething with resentment and revenge. The focus groups I’ve conducted across America during this election are the loudest, angriest and rudest I’ve seen in my career.
There is no good precedent for our coarseness and vulgarity. America has survived and thrived despite a devastating Civil War and global aggression. We’ve overcome economic difficulties far greater than those we are facing now. We’ve lost political leaders to assassination, yet someone has always risen to take their place. We’ve had tough, nasty elections, but nothing as embarrassing as this. The world used to look upon our democracy with respect and deference; the 2016 presidential election has turned that to a mixture of amusement and disdain.