Grits and Tamales

Life in the Deep South, by Gabriel Aguilera

On the so-called “wisdom” of the American people

I do not want to hear again the cliche about the “wisdom of the American people,” which on many big important matters is utterly ignorant, shortsighted, and stupid. These days our collective wisdom seems too OK with torture and has a view on the economy and the environment that has been in my judgment utterly destructive.

Holding two contradictory and seemingly mutually exclusive notions in our heads is a shortcoming that we Americans must endure and resist. It’s sad that we must boil things down to black and white, with us or against us, or red and blue.




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