Visiting A Place Called Hope

During the recent conservative era in America, circa 1980-1992, liberals were often accused of hoping for things to go badly. There was some justice in this accusation. As conservatives are now discovering, the psychology of political opposition is complicated. Of course, for reasons both patriotic and selfish, you don't want calamity to befall the United States of America. On the other hand, it is hard not to relish a certain gloomy anticipation of seeing your predictions of doom come true. And as a practical matter, bad times are the + usual way the out-of-power side gets back in.

But the psychology...

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