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I'd like to think that intelligent, reasonable people can disagree about politics without accusing each other of bringing on the end of Western Civilization, but that seems to be less and less possible in this country.

I know nothing about you, Pablum. But I assume that anyone who can operate a puter, find the Internet and TMF, and discuss FIRE, must be intelligent. You are probably a nice guy, loved by family and liked by friends. There's even a chance that if we sat down and had a beer, we'd enjoy each other's company.

But after your post, that would be difficult; I'm not sure either of us would be comfortable. Even if we were outwardly civil, we would both know that you believe that I (middle-aged WASP male, combat veteran, advanced degree, successful career, married with kids, trying to lose weight, working towards FI) am a threat to all that you hold dear. You believe that I am part of an implicit conspiracy to bring fascism and communism and socialism to America. You believe that my political opinions result from either stupidity or a desire to oppress you.

You say you consider leaving the country because of the slide into collectivism. I, on the other hand, am not enjoying the descent into mistrust and suspicion. There seems to be no effort to find common ground and mutual interest, and that makes us all very much poorer.

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