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In fairness....

Who isn't slave to ratings in that business? Do you think FOX or MSNBC isn't in it for ratings? C'mon each side knows to exploit the tribalism for its own benefit. I grant you that right now it's the Right using it for more terrible things - yes - but in the end, they all sell their soul for ratings.

Yes, many examples of anti-tax, anti-mask people 0- getting sick and dying.

But the flock isn no't buying it - why - because as someone said here for years, to very arrogant and gutless opposition - balkanization, and pushing peoples further into their corners will result in a tribalism. And yeah, if you tell a tribe to worship a picture of a an ox or a star- LITERALLY in human history - they have done so. Anti-Mask is now religious to these people - religious to where they won't even listen to their own priest - in this case Trump touting boosters. Religion can be fine - but look around, people don't question "religion" when they're told to blow themselves up. OR somehow, to make the cow "sacred" while frowning upon certain poor people or "castes" right outside their own temple. Or wanting to give life to all "God's Children" but not wanting to help pay for their pampers and day-care. This is now religious.

As someone who spent 15 years here predicting tribalism, and Sunni/Shia Croat/Serb style balkanization I'm hardly surprise by any of this and I continue to believe: This is nothing. One day it'll get worse. We'll seriously be here saying "remember 2021? Those were easy times compared to our politics now".

Appreciate the kind, thoughtful, response KitKat and I hope that once again you feel you've gotten the same in return
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