A very good article in the Omaha World-Herald explores why the small town of DeWitt, Nebraska, an area that has traditionally leaned more Democratic than the rest of the state, went for Trump 2-1. Also revealed are the complex reactions to his first month in office, including worried thoughts from some who voted for him.
I also found this section revealing:
Yet like a lot of people in DeWitt, Kracke said he was totally turned off by politics. And news.
“I don’t watch TV, I don’t read newspapers. If it has anything to do with politics, on Facebook, I don’t even look at it. If you email me something on politics, I will not read it,” Kracke said.
Instead, he prefers the company of his barbershop quartet and his cattle.
“That’s what keeps me sane,” he said. “Life is too short to be arguing with people.”
That’s also how Gibbs feels. The CEO of Waldo Genetics, a storied hog operation founded by her great-grandfather, said she treasures relationships in her local community. And as a self-described “nonpolitical person,” she laments the harsh debates. If only people could hash out their political differences politely, she said, they might come to understand opposing points of view.
I generally aim to be a well-informed person and to read much about politics and current affairs, including differing perspectives. I'm bothered by people who pride themselves in being uninformed but still taking strong positions.