I think this is an excellent essay on the state of voting and voters in the election coming up. I find political ads offensive, ads in general come to that and mute the sound, maybe you do the same. But I have come to realize the truth in John Cassidy's essay. Some very significant fraction of Americans has just tuned out or, perversely, just votes a party ticket without understanding the truth about the candidates or the issues. That is the only explanation I can see for the continuing voting that occurs in Red value states, even though the policies they are voting for are horribly damaging to their lives. This also explains I think how people like Louie Gohmert or Steve King, or Ted Cruz remain in office.
One of America's favorite lies about itself is that we care about children, they are the future. You hear politicians say it, media people tout it, clergy extoll it. It is a damnable lie. Individual parents care about their child or children. But as a society we could hardly care less about the nation's children collectively, and the facts show it, as this report describes.