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My Take

By QUINCY TROUPE
In the “ fact-free ” environment in which we live , work and create in the United States today , it ’ s no wonder charlatans , quacks and ignorant people are many times over more celebrated than serious minded individuals whether they are politicians , artists , writers , or thinkers .
Silliness and mediocrity rule the day and con artists and criminals get away with almost anything . In fact , so many people in this country are so desperately ignorant of so many important things it boggles the imagination ! Instead of rewarding truly serious people , we embrace the throwaway culture of celebrity , along with quick-fix sound bytes and faux solutions for difficult , often times intractable problems that arise out of the changing demographics , sociopolitical , technological , religious , and cultural dynamics sweeping not only the United States , but also the world at large .
This vexing , destructive behavior I attribute to the fact that we , Americans , suffer from an overdose of toxic media , religious intolerance , and reality television and from what I will describe here as modern tribalism . The word “ tribe ” is defined in The Oxford American Dictionary of Current English ( 1999 ) as “ a group of ( esp . primitive ) families or communities , linked by social , economic , religious , or blood ties , and usu [ ally ] having a common culture and dialect , and a recognized leader .”
In today ’ s political discourse , we don ’ t hear the term tribalism in relation to political parties , but that is exactly the behavior exhibited by Republicans . The Democrats are not as rigid in their ideological bent , except maybe for some of Bernie Sanders ’ followers , but by and large , not so much , while Republicans , especially the followers of Donald Trump , most definitely exhibit a rising tide of toxic tribalism .
Take for example , the recent epa hearings where rather than questioning Gov . Rick Snyder , the Republicans to a person , viciously attacked the epa chair while Democrats took the more balanced approach , questioning both the epa chair and the governor . Another example is the treatment President Obama has received from the Republicans and their minions on conservative talk radio , Fox News , other Republican supporting cable news shows , in conservative print media and online blogs , during the past seven years . Also , in my opinion , the toxic tribalism demonstrated by the mobs who beat up black and white protesters and news reporters , while displaying Nazi and kkk insignias at Trump rallies ; by the raucous attendees screaming their support at Republican Party presidential debates in 2016 , as the candidates talked about the size of their opponents ’ penises and hurled other unmentionable insults . All this sordid , shocking behavior has not gone unnoticed by people all around the globe who are watching this sorry spectacle . This mad hysteria , this American horror show of contagious poisonous behavior , we now see every day replicated in terrible scenarios throughout the Middle East , Asia , Africa , Haiti , Latin and Central America , Europe , literally on every continent , it seems .
My Take In the “fact-free” environment in which we live, work and create in the United States today, it’s no wonder charlatans, quacks and ignorant people are many times over more celebrated than serious minded individuals whether they are politicians, artists, writers, or thinkers. By QUINCY TROUPE Silliness and mediocrity rule the day and con artists and criminals get away with almost anything. In fact, so many people in this country are so desperately ignorant of so many important things it boggles the imagination! Instead of rewarding truly serious people, we embrace the throwaway culture of celebrity, along with quick-fix sound bytes and faux solutions for difficult, often times intractable problems that arise out of the changing demographics, sociopolitical, technological, religious, and cultural dynamics sweeping not only the United States, but also the world at large. This vexing, destructive behavior I attribute to the fact that we, Americans, suffer from an overdose of toxic media, religious intolerance, and reality television and from what I will describe here as modern tribalism. The word “tribe” is defined in The Oxford American Dictionary of Current English (1999) as “a group of (esp. primitive) families or communities, linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, and usu[ally] having a common culture and dialect, and a recognized leader.” 4 In today’s political discourse, we don @V"FRFW&G&&Ɨ6&VFFƗF6'FW2'WBFB2W7FǒFP&Vf"W&FVB'&WV&Ɩ62FRFV7&G2&RB2&vBFV FVv6&VBW6WB&Rf 6Rb&W&R6FW'>( fvW'2'WB'B&vRB6V6vP&WV&Ɩ62W7V6ǒFRfvW'0bFBG'V7BFVfFVǐW&B&6rFFRbF2G&&Ɨ6ࠥFRf"WRFR&V6VBWV&w2vW&R&FW"FVW7Fpvb&66FW"FR&WV&Ɩ62FW'6f6W6ǒGF6VBFRW6"vRFV7&G2FFR&P&6VB&6VW7Fp&FFRW6"BFRvfW&"FW"WR2FRG&VFV@&W6FVB&2&V6VfVBg&ЧFR&WV&Ɩ62BFV"֖066W'fFfRFƲ&FfWw2FW"&WV&Ɩ67W'Fr6&PWw26w266W'fFfR&@VFBƖR&w2GW&rFP7B6WfVV'26גFRF2G&&Ɨ6FV7G&FV@'FR'2v&VBW&6@vFR&FW7FW'2BWw2&W'FW'2vRF7rB6v0BG'V&ƖW3'FR&V6W0GFVFVW267&V֖rFV"7W'B@&WV&Ɩ6'G&W6FVFFV&FW0#b2FR6FFFW2FƶVB&W@FR6RbFV"VG>( V6W2@W&VBFW"VVF&R7VG2F26&FB66r&Vf 2BvRVF6VB'VR&VBFRv&Rv&RvF6pF26''7V7F6RF2B7FW&F2W&6'&"6r`6FvW26W2&Vf"vPr6VRWfW'F&WƖ6FVBFW'&&P66V&2F&VvWBFR֖FFPV7B6g&6FF@6VG&W&6WW&RƗFW&ǒWfW'6FVBB6VV2ࠠ