I’m with you, Tessa. Even as I was writing this, the compulsion to fall into the same old tropes and overused arguments came up. But that’s part of what’s keeping useful dialogue from happening. I hope Medium can be a place where that dialogue happens.
I work through things better in community — when I can bounce ideas off other people. It helps me to talk through things.
I’m so glad you enjoyed this piece. Your vote is your own, and I wouldn’t dare try to persuade you. As I’m sure you noticed, that was not my goal in writing this. My goal is to encourage those like me who have been fearful of even talking to others about politics.
There is so much fear in political discussion today.
Thank you for reading and responding. I really appreciate it. I’m very thankful for your encouragement!