"We have stopped telling the truth in our society."

 

"It's not that are politicians aren't on our side-it's that they're actively against us."

 

"I'm the same person who, because of the way I look, when I show up in San Diego at a conference that I'm running, I'm asked to send more towels to the room, because they assume because of the way that I look that I'm one of the maids at the hotel regardless of what I'm wearing."

 

"I was frustrated by the level of thumb-on-the-scale outright corruption, whatever you want to call it, within the democratic party, that--essentially--did whatever it could to make sure that Sanders was not going to be their nominee."

 

"I know that at least three of them (superdelegates) were threatened outright by the Clinton campaign because they said they were uncommitted."

 

It took me listening to this conversation about three times to realize what the overarching theme of it was, and that's truth.  Truth and questions about what constitutes as truth--in various ways, shapes and forms--keeps coming up in my life as something that requires examination.  

One good outcome of the election is the ways it has inspired me to seek out non-fact-based truth, by which I mean, the truth behind statements like, "Donald Trump can fix things" or "Hillary Clinton can't be trusted."  These statements are based on subjective feelings, not facts, but that doesn't mean that they aren't worth attempting to understand, because fact-based or not, they influenced how people voted.  

Towards the end of the episode, Mira shares a story about something that happened to her in Woodbury, and I can hear in my voice a reluctance to believe that the events she described could have possibly happened in Woodbury, my back yard, the Edina of the East.  But I have to recognize that Woodbury is a different place for Mira--a non-caucasion immigrant--than it is for me. 

Similarly, the way I viewed the United States under the leadership of Barack Obama.  I believed things were going well because they were going well for me.  It's become clearer to me now how many people were suffering during that time due to harsh economic realities that I never had to face.  

I want to be optimistic for my own sake.  I want to find all the silver-lining I can find.  The cloud I found in my reflection was how divorced I am from the truth.  The silver-lining I'm finding is that this election has created an opportunity to either seek out and attempt to grasp uncomfortable truths, or to bury my head further in the sand.  

 

 

 

**Note: George H.W. Bush coined the term 'voodoo economics' in 1980 when he was running against Reagan for the nomination.

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