This is largely about my wife.
You know her as The Blonde. Anything I say about her in this post should be taken with the knowledge that I'm the first to say she is a very smart woman. Smarter than me, certainly. She knows so much about medicine, she made a career out of setting doctors straight. She is an incredible diagnostician and has an encyclopedic knowledge of drugs and how they interact.
She is also a fighter, which is very much a two-sided sword. She also has a big heart. Most of our mail is from charities, many to save animals. She's no bunny-hugger, but actually reveres all life. She has some real problems with abortion.
she grew up in a parochial enclave of NE OH that thinks it's the All-American Town, extremely insular. She attended public school there and, in senior year, had the mandatory course, Problems of Democracy. What the curriculum was, I can't say, but she didn't know much about the basics of how the country works beyond the basics of the Constitution.
And that led to the fight.
She kept saying how Trump lost and that was the end. I brought up how the election was stolen and, because of that, it can still be challenged. She asks how could the courts allow it. I asked didn't they ever teach anything about how machine politics work, about crooked courts.
No, they didn't.
She's also very sketchy about history (no inkling of the Weimar republic, f'rinstance) and I end up asking myself how do they not teach history. Even math seems to have been considered expendable after arithmetic. Even though she struggled with algebra in school (the teacher was no help), she got the concept on her own, as she showed me when, asked to help with her pharmacology homework, she pretty well already understood it.
Of course, we all know how public education, as it exists today, is intended to produce drones. Thing is, she knows things are looking bad. She knows enough, without understanding how printed money works these days (as I say, she's a smart woman), that we can't spend $5T without inflation. She hates the lockdown. She hates the entire clown car in DC.
If she's at all typical, Shi and the rest of the crowd, here and in the Forbidden City are in for a fight.
And you don't want to get her mad.