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October 16, 2013

BRADBERRY: So, who ARE the American people, anyway?

Niagara Gazette — You’ve seen them standing at the podium, politicians taking turns claiming to be speaking for the American people, dividing us by political party, race, religion, philosophy, some even by the food we eat.

But, turns out, we’re not as divided as they think according to a new Esquire-NBC News survey; in fact, despite our obvious differences we’re more alike in the middle than ever before, so they say.

Really?

Yeah, I know another survey; this one by Esquire! Aren’t these the folk who used to publish those sometimes risqué “Gentlemen’s magazines” that curious Boy Scouts like me used to squirrel away in our knapsacks during our annual fund raising paper drives back in the day?

Apparently they are one and the same, still offering flattering glimpses of the feminine mystique while also honoring their time tested tradition of exploring other less pictorially attractive, though graphically persuasive serious food for thought likewise available in a wide array of media at esquire.com where you can interact with the very survey that they used to arrive at some very interesting conclusions about whom we are and how we think we think.

Not surprising…with the prolific growth of all sorts of new mass media sprouting up all over the place from your smart phone, to your smart television and tablets, much of it tailored to match your very own specific political persuasion or “agenda”, it’s almost impossible to avoid being bombarded with messages that attempt to squeeze us into convenient little Pigeon-holes whether we like it or not.

The survey challenges the conventional Washington wisdom that we are hopelessly divided, torn apart by irreversible political conflict causing a near total collapse as evidenced by the almost civil war like governmental shutdown-showdown and what some claim could result in an otherwise, totally avoidable global economic meltdown.

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