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  • During the election, there was some factoid about the cultural divide in the US. The right and left wings read mutually exclusive news outlets, and believe mutually exclusive worldviews to be fully true (and therefore, the "facts" the other guys use are total bullshit).

    Is the Capitol under siege? Is Washington, DC under siege? Depends. You can believe either, and make an argument that will convince about half of the country, and aggravate the other half as just spreading lies.

    Me? I live in the area. It doesn't feel anywhere nearly as bad as you make it out. Earlier this year, I had an interview at a Senate office building. I got on the shortest line to enter the building, walked through the metal detectors (wearing a raincoat, and carrying a laptop), wandered aimlessly until I was thoroughly lost, got unlost, got lost again, and eventually found the office where I had my interview. Walked into a few areas marked "Senators Only". Walked backwards as soon as I saw those signs.

    I fully expect that if I wanted to talk to my Senators, I could. If I wanted to do something stupid, like walk into a closed committee meeting, the friendly security guards would kindly guide me away. If I really insisted on barging in, the friendly security guards would most certainly subdue me post haste. I don't see anything wrong with that.

    Just another observation. It's not all as bad as the hype.