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“Acknowledging” Flaws Different From “Focusing” On Them

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A new study by Pew Research uses tricky language to exaggerate differences between Trump and Biden voters when it comes to views of America’s past. The report shows nearly all Biden voters – 87% – agreeing with the statement: “It makes the U.S. stronger when we ACKNOWLEDGE the country’s historical flaws.”

Meanwhile, nearly half of Trump voters – 47% – support the alternative view: “The U.S. may not have been perfect, but FOCUSING on its historical flaws makes the country weaker.”

Actually, reasonable people should embrace both formulations: sure, it’s healthy to ACKNOWLEDGE shortcomings in our history, but FOCUSING on those flaws, at the expense of all America’s worthy accomplishments, can be sick and destructive.

The Pew survey actually indicates that conservatives and liberals agree that it’s appropriate to recognize the nation’s imperfections. Their only split involves a disproportionate FOCUS on those negative elements – a damaging obsession of the American left at the moment.

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