I’ve lived in the DC area for 20 years (I do not currently; please do not doxx me, lurkers), give or take. My senior class trip was to watch Congress (not that we were able to, as Obama was unveiling the MLK statue that day). I have gone into rooms that most people wouldn’t (fun fact, if you ever visit: if a door in a government building, within the Capitol, is unlocked and not labeled “Do Not Enter”, you are 100% allowed to enter. Source: I am close friends with a LOT of staffers and govvies).
I will tell you this: I have never seen so many protests, so much violence (outside of the North Side after dark. Baltimore does not do a place any good, sorry not sorry), so much vitriol…ever. I have sat in on Congress multiple times and never seen so much stagnation.
I am genuinely concerned for this country’s future, because it is getting worse and worse. Both sides of the aisle are guilty of this. My very liberal uncle hasn’t spoken to me since Clinton lost the election, because I voted 3rd party (despite the fact that my state was one of the first - if not the first - that went blue). I see the Republican side of my family growing either more extremist or more apathetic, whilst my Democratic family members are growing more hateful and controlling.
I am seeing members of my family, who were always relatively civil and centrist, becoming more and more polarized. Divide and conquer, indeed. Good job, Trump & media. :sigh:
(ETA: Baltimore doesn’t actually border DC, but a lot of the, um, negative aspects of Baltimore’s subculture have a ripple effect that is very much felt on the North & East Sides, particularly around NoMA. Stay away from NoMA after dark, y’all)