Paul Feig was the main instigator, the lead "geek" behind one of my favorite, and woefully shortlived, shows of all time, Freaks and Geeks. He's written a funny, wise wish for the Fourth of July that, liberal or conservative or archdruid, attempts to be fair and kind and deserves a read.
Including this attempt to bring our divided nation together:
"I'm convinced we're not that far apart in what we desire for our country and for our families and for ourselves. I actually think we're exactly the same in what we want. And so here is my list so far:
1) We'd all like ourselves and our loved ones to not be killed.
2) We'd all like ourselves and our loved ones to be happy.
3) We'd all like ourselves and our loved ones to be completely safe whenever we choose to be.
4) We'd all like ourselves and our loved ones to be comfortable whenever we choose to be.
5) We'd all like to be free to do whatever we want.
6) We'd all like ourselves and our loved ones to not get hurt by someone who's doing whatever they want.
7) We'd all like to not be yelled at or made fun of.
8) We'd all like to believe whatever we want to believe.
9) We'd all like for people who don't agree with what we believe to stop telling us we're wrong.
10) We'd all like to be right.
Now, how do we Americans achieve all these things for ourselves without convincing ourselves that our fellow Americans who also want these things but who believe in different ways of achieving them are all evil and stupid and hellbent on our destruction?
Not to get all "hippie" on you, but I think it has to do with the way we all talk to each other. (I guess I should have said "rap to each other" if I really wanted to pursue the whole hippie thing. But I digress.)