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Do you know who is making amazing documentaries about all types of Americans across the country? Peter Santenello, who has his own YouTube channel. He is talking to former prostitutes in Vegas, the Amish in Kentucky; Americans in Appalachia, next to the Mexican border, on Native American reservations and now in the Deep South. He is amazing and non-click-baity. Check him out to get a feel of the real diversity of the country.

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Overall I enjoy Ben’s writing and look forward to this series. In my personal experience most people want to live free and prosper, for themselves and their families. For others! What’s wrong with America is that we have a ruling class who doesn’t want that for the average American. They then use the media propaganda machine and other Marxist institutions to confuse and distract the average person so that they don’t notice their incompetence, corruption and malevolence. The people themselves are alright! 👍🏻

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At the top of my list of things I would change about America is to restore draft, with the option of non-military service. 1 year to 6 months, for every young person, male or female, to get out of their bubble and go repair roads, work at nursing homes, help with recovery from natural disasters, but most importantly, mix with people of different social status, geographic area, religion.

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Here's an interesting question to ask. Where do you get your news and information about what's going on in the world? Ask the question and then engage in a conversation about why there? Let us know some of the answers, could be quite instructive.

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I'm not sure whether it's so much that "we're so divided" as that the progressive left is afflicted with True Belief, which has turned its adherents into religious zealots. There's no arguing with True Belief, and True Belief does not compromise, it is in possession of the Truth. It gets to the point Megan brought up in The Witch Trials, really; the people of Salem weren't fools, they were highly educated and intelligent, and yet, they still fell prey to a moral panic. I give you, the Progressive Left. Democracy is on the ballot, we're witnessing the rise of fascism, Donald Trump will end elections forever, and every other whack-a-doo thing they believe, and by golly they're the only ones who can stop it!

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Here’s what I hate. I have an acquaintance who is a Democrat who tries to act like she’s open minded about Republicans. For example, she says she’d be open to voting for some Republicans, like Liz Cheney or Adam Kisinger or Nikki Haley. So I told her they were all war mongers and why would she vote for war hawks? Because they are never Trumpers?? And that’s more important than being pro-war? No answer. She’s an idiot. Sorry, not sorry.

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Liberal friend insists that walls don't work despite the fact that I have to stop at the guard shack to be cleared before I can get into his neighborhood.

Liberal friend insists that there is actually more than one definition of the word 'defund'.

Liberal friend meltdown over orange man bad. I asked what Trump policies worked to undermine our collective success? No answer.

Me to liberal friend: What the hell is going on with these caravans coming to our border wearing 'Let us in Joe Biden' tee-shirts? Liberal says: That's just Fox News propaganda.

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Having been born and raised in New Orleans, I know a little about the populace. And the politics. I have no idea who was throwing the party, but it sounds like an average group there. Some are sensible, others not so much. Removing Robert E. Lee’s statue from Lee Circle—which has, of course, been renamed—wasn’t the work of moderates. Nor is the renaming of city streets. The Big Easy has become quite a racist place. Try running for mayor if you’re white. Hasn’t been one since 1972.

I still have family there, but it’s hard for me to imagine a scenario in which I’d move back. Food’s quite good, though.

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Looking forward to this series. I’ve always thought that if journalists would get out in the real world and talk to real people, they would see we don’t all hate each other as much as they think (or try to get us to).

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My daughter is involved in a club at her uni called Bridge. It’s for anyone interested in politics. No matter which party you support or if you’re independent you’re welcome and treated respectfully. They have lively but respectful discussions on a variety of topics. They moderate the debates between college dems and college republicans.

Recently she met a young man and they started dating. He’s from the DC area. I was told that when he mentioned to his father he started seeing a nice girl at school his father asked “Is she a crazy MAGA?”

She’s bringing him home for Easter. I am so tempted to wear a bright red cap! 😂

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Ben, I look forward to your correspondence. I believe most of us (that majority you speak of) already know that the country isn't as divided as the pundits lead us to believe.

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Gee.

interview people at city council hearings? Nah

School board meetings? Nope

on the streets in Inglewood or Oakland or Naperville or Denver or Brooklyn? Can’t, I don’t like slipping in that stuff on the sidewalk.

Ask the governor of colorado why he scheduled a special election on exactly the same day as the primary? Of course not.

Gonna wait until everybody’s good and drunk and then start asking questions about peace and love. Really groovy

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"Ben is a sane, hilarious voice who......."

Sure in "Bari- world." The rest of us find him more than a bit cringey and mildly amusing - at his best. Like the self-described "class clown" in high school, who plays the dork and then manically looks for adoration. And talk about a predilection of stereotyping......

Most people are interesting precisely because we are not stereotypes. And the only thing that will get most of us fighting mad is trying to dictate what we must feel and say. People and a government who do that will rue the day.....Otherwise. live and let live.

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The problem is not the electorate, the problem is those politicians and a media that drumbeat the stereotypes and outright twist and lie about what is said, and the hidden agenda behind legislation. There are plenty on both sides of the aisle that do this, most recently it occurred right here about statements made by Mark Robinson, republican nominee for Governor of NC. Either the writer never listened to his entire speech for the context (bad journalism) or purposefully took him out of context to say he supports fascism and putting women back in the kitchen. Completely opposite of what he said. This kind of stuff makes me want to vomit and it's so prevalent in the news and commentary garbage generated that I trust very few writers. The electorate has to somewhat trust what the journos are writing and saying, and the journos with an agenda (most of them) need to go look in the mirror to see where the hate is generated. The above video was nice in that you didn't steer, lie or try and "destroy" anyone.

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Ben seems to have finally gotten a handle on not mocking the people he's interviewing. Or maybe it's that he didn't quite dare to do that in NOLA the way he did in Iowa.

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One main point- no matter who represents the right politically- the left will hate. And not just hate but will make ultimate enemy #1. They cannot let loose with power, even for a year or two. That is why we are so divided. It’s the lefts way or total destruction.

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