Americans' tradition of shared spaces confronts a divided nation
Rex, naively optimistic? Probably not. If one casts optimism out the window how dark is that? Is that not the precursor to war? To combat? And who wants to go into combat willingly, apart from the cage or the court or the field of sport? I think some optimism is imperative. I would guess each and every member of the government has entered and/or won votes with optimism not far from thought. Conversely I think there isn't a politician I hear today who will "fight for you" is setting the tone for a combative relation; perhaps having lost the idea or skill of compromise. Or is it they've lost the optimism for a beneficial outcome? I regard your work and The Upstate American highly. Thank you.