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How and in what ways can we make US politics more orientated to reason and compassion?

How and in what ways can we make US politics more orientated to reason and compassion?
The bridging between conservatives and liberal points of view. Why there is at times an absence of compassion and reason of our elected leaders of government.

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  • Oct 4 2011: I believe that voters who are less afraid and unhappy will make better choices. Particularly, people who work jobs they dislike for alpha primates more interested in dominance displays than in using reason to persuade kindly will not be in a mood to extend those benefits---or any others---to people they don't know who seem very different to them.

    People, especially men, who feel that they have been denied their rightful place in the social hierarchy become extremely sensitive to anyone they believe "think they're better than me". This is not a bad thing, but it has a tendency to shade into "no├Âne's expertise is superior to mine". Note that the successful commentators of the Right generally present themselves as being 'just normal slobs' who say the things 'everyone'/'all Real Americans' (which set is disjoint from men with names like 'Alinsky') all 'know' to be true.

    Mark Ames has persuasively argued that in the absence of the belief that real change is possible, many Americans are in fact voting reasonably because the best use they can see for their vote is to spite those they think give themselves airs...and I believe this increases the odds that these people will remain afraid and frustrated.

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