Restore the Balance
Colorado congresswoman, Lauren Boebert, objected to what she called, “wokeness”, a term some use to derisively describe simply being aware - an awareness that some seem to consider a threat to their position of prominence and entitlement. “America only has one national anthem. Why is the NFL trying to divide us by playing multiple? Do football. Not wokeness” she demanded.
The Common Good inaugurated an annual survey on "National Division" just before the election. With The Common Good Index (TCGI) we decided to quantify division now and measure division over time, not only to find causes of the elevated temperature of the nation's "hot zones" but to identify solutions.
We can feel better about the fact that resistance to extremism is growing. But the authoritarian threat to democracy is real and serious. Lauren Boebert still holds power. Extremists have made gains in other parts of the country. It will take conservatives, liberals, and moderates, working together, to overcome this threat.
The razor-thin near-rejection of Boebert — from a district that Donald Trump won by eight percentage points in 2020, covering much of the western half of the state — demonstrates that Trump-esque style of turning the performative outrage up to 11 hit a hard ceiling among the electorate, repelling not just Democrats and independents but apparently a thin but decisive slice of Republicans.
While we wait, leadership must come from fathers and mothers, teachers and nurses, priests and rabbis, businessmen and businesswomen, journalists and pundits. That will require us all to rise above ourselves—above our grievances and resentments—and grasp the mantle of leadership our country so badly needs.
RTB report on voter registration trends picked up by national media. Click to see article just published on POLITICO's Congress Minutes.
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger from Illinois has chosen not to run for reelection in 2022 but instead has started a new organization called Country1st.
Its stated mission is to "Defeat Toxic Tribalism" .
The website outlines a strategy to unite "Disaffected Republicans; Independents and unaffiliated voters; and even people from other parties" to take on "these toxic tribal chieftans in 'safe' seats" by striking them in the primary election.