REFUSAL TO FACE THE TRUTH
MAY BRING US A NIGHTMARE
Rick, an old high school friend, is a retired school teacher who enjoys probing people’s opinions on Facebook. His political views are generally centrist, and most of his posts are pop-culture-related, but from time to time, he ventures into areas of controversy.
He recently put up a photo of a damaged building in Seattle, its windows broken from the rioting, and the sidewalk in front strewn with trash. Most people commenting reacted with disgust at the image — some with explicit denunciations of Democrat-led city and state governments, a few with strong appeals to vote for Trump.
I think this array of views tracks pretty closely with public opinion nationally on the ruin of a once-highly livable West Coast city. But there was also a scattering of reactions that reveal another, more disturbing outlook.