"Feelings" have overtaken logic in terms of importance in public discourse in the USofA. It drives me freaking nuts. We no longer teach rhetoric in the schools, so our citizens are unaware of the ways in which they are manipulated. Instead we teach how important it is for everyone to feel "validated" whatever the heck that means. Gah. "So what I hear you saying is... blah, blah, blah." I either need your analysis of the information I presented or I need more information from you to refine my own analysis. What I do NOT need is someone to hold my hand while they spoonfeed me their own spin on some meaningless tripe spouted by a braindead Hollywood whore, so I can feel relieved that there are so many others with me on the wide road to hell.