Many conservatives and libertarians have long been baffled that President Obama's approval ratings have remained at or around the 50% mark, even though they would argue that the USA has seldom been worse governed. Now it seems the boot is on the other foot. The Washington Post reports:
Hand-wringing over Trump’s rapid climb, once confined to Washington’s political establishment, is now palpable among everyday Americans who are growing ever more anxious over the prospect of the billionaire reaching the White House.
With each new Trump victory in the GOP primaries, Democrats and Republicans alike are sharing their alarm with friends over dinner, with strangers over social media and, in some cases, with their therapists. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll showed that 69 percent of Americans said the idea of “President Trump” made them anxious.
For some, Trump’s diatribes against undocumented immigrants, Mexicans and Muslims evoke unpleasant flashbacks of dictators. For others, his raw-toned insults conjure memories of high school bullies.
Type “Trump” and phrases such as “scaring me” or “freaking me out” into Twitter’s search engine, and a litany of tweets unfurl, including one posted two weeks ago by Emma Taylor as she lay in bed in Los Angeles: “I literally can’t sleep because I just thought about how Trump may actually win the Presidency and now I’m having a panic attack.”
“It’s like a hurricane is coming at us, and I don’t have any way of knowing which way to go or how to combat it,” Taylor, 27, a Democrat, said in a phone interview. “He’s extremely reactionary and that’s what scares me the most. I feel totally powerless and it’s horrible.”
There's more at the link.
I can only shake my head at the disconnect thus exposed. Neither side - progressives, liberals and others on the left versus conservatives, libertarians and those on the right - is actually listening to the other. Neither side wants what is best for America as a whole. Both sides are fighting to impose their vision of America on those who don't share it, and they're no longer prepared to compromise and find a shared vision, a joint platform. They demonize each other instead of trying to work together.
That's a very sad sign for the future of this country, no matter who wins in November.