Know About the New American Chaos
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Know About the New American Chaos

Greetings again from the darkness. Politics in the United States is an embarrassment for any citizen who is paying attention these days. And by “these days” I mean at least a few generations, or even more. Disputes between and within political parties are more closely related to disputes on the ground than to debates between statesmen. The most effective wall to build is the one between the two sides – it is a wall that has little to do with reason or the “supreme good”, and it all has to do with the firm judgment that an opinion is a fact that should be shared by all. Get on stage and film producer Jim Stern has a self-proclaimed political junkie.

Mr. Stern grew up in a house of “Kennedy Democrats” and almost adores Former President Barack Obama. He opens his Film with excerpts from former presidents dated by Theodore Roosevelt, explaining his goal as a desire to understand how so many Americans could vote for Donald Trump. This is an admirable mission, and Mr. Stern should be hailed as one of the few extremists (on both sides) willing to listen to what the other side is saying. It’s 9 weeks after the election, and Stern is in the audience for Obama’s farewell speech. He (Stern) has tears in his eyes because the man he admires so much is being replaced by the one who arouses little faith or respect.

 

We are 6 months away from the elections again. Stern paraphrases Atticus Finch to finish a mockingbird and tries to understand the other side by knowing his point of view. His road trip takes him from Florida to Cleveland via West Virginia and Arizona. Stern’s approach is to present himself as a neutral interviewer so that people are not defensive and are simply open to their points of view. He talks to a man who is a lawful immigrant from Cuba, a Midwestern pastor who is as adamant in his beliefs as Stern is in his, a conservative radio host in Arizona who explains his matter eloquently, and people in West Virginia who just want the coal mines restored and working so that they can escape. One of the men he talks to is part of the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud, and he admits to voting twice for Obama – but is now convinced that Trump is the best hope to save the state’s economy.

Stern uses the current campaign as a structure for his road trip and his story, admitting that Hillary Clinton’s “basket of deplorables” speech was a turning point – as was the last-minute renewal of the FBI investigation into his actions. But since we know all this, the most fascinating thing is to listen to ordinary people – voters – give an overview of their views. These Central American citizens are tired of politicians being bought and sold. Trump said what these people were thinking – he reached out to disgruntled (mostly white) voters. Stern is stunned by the Ovation that Trump receives at the Republican Party Convention in Cleveland. He is surrounded by tens of thousands of Americans who do not believe in what he believes. This is a highlight for him and the Film.

“They hate her (Hillary) and they hate Obama too.”Stern is struck by the harsh reality that his idol is not idolized by everyone. His most accurate statement is that the voters of the sapphire state and the voters of the red state simply do not understand each other. With so many of a United group in California and the Northeast, while the others are spread across the center of the country, it is not surprising that these citizens have different views and needs. It is also not surprising that this distributed information is aligned with these points of view and these issues, since the “mainstream media” are also grouped in these two geographical areas. Fetishism and gay rights do not seem to be factors in his discussions, while employment, corruption and unlawful immigration are what matter.

Again, Mr. Stern is to be commended for letting these citizens express their opinions. It’s a nice contrast to another high-profile documentary filmmaker known for proving his own well-publicized opinions. Stern’s brother was a key negotiator in the Paris Agreement, so he certainly has a personal interest in radical political changes. Indeed, we often see his true feelings, despite his ability to remain impartial towards those who express themselves in front of the camera. Election night with violin music is a bit much, but for the most part, Jim Stern and Atticus Finch are working together here to shed light on the “other” side.

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