The Other Side Isn’t Stupid

High altitude season opener yesterday – Mount Bierstadt, 14,060 feet – Ax rocked a mask the whole way

I live in one of the “bluest” parts of the country.

It’s tempting to describe Boulder as liberal but a lot of us do not support a Bertrand Russell-style of liberalism (link is to his Ten Commandments of critical thinking).

Anyhow, the last week has reminded me that life is unpredictable, that I’m prone to forget the sensationalism I am fed to provoke a response, and that we really can’t predict what will happen.

The Supreme Court => the DACA decision and their ruling on Equal Rights => do you remember when we told that the certain appointments would end America as we know it? Their rulings appear to disappoint both the left, and the right, in equal measure.

No-show MAGA Rally => still a super-spreader event but the COVID National Infection Tour is off to a slow start.

No-mask crew => Expect the pro-business wing of the Republican Party to stage a very strong comeback in the next 14 days.

Here’s a quote from a newsletter I received over the weekend:

Walking around in public without a mask is like wearing an “I want a deeper recession” sign.

John Mauldin

There are many people on the other side who are much smarter than we realize. A polarized media makes it difficult to counteract our default biases.

You can see the bias – of thinking the out-group is stupid – expressed by very, very smart people. We’re all prone to fooling ourselves.


Do you remember the “guns and religion” controversy 12 years ago? It was the tone, not the content, of the comments that bothered the target audience.

If you look deeper into those comments and consider what we are seeing in all of our communities then you will see people of all political affiliations clinging to their “guns and religion.”

It’s everywhere right now and it is what we do when we are fearful and under stress.

I’ll end with a snapshot of my daughter’s Father’s Day card.

It’s made out to her “Math Buddy” with love.

As a nearly 12-year old, she’s better at managing people than I will ever be.