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I want to like this piece and mostly do. But, there are aspects of it that, unfortunately, reek of GazWyb toxic rhetoric. Point #1: The author writes about "Poles draped in Confederate (!) flags". Poles. Plural. Multitudinous. Sounds like a sea of Dixie flags! Really? I've searched and ... found one. Yes, one. No way of knowing whether it was draped around Polish shoulders or those of an American tourist ... perhaps filling a photojournalist's need for "just the right shot". Who knows. Justine Jablonska surely doesn't. Point #2: "crowds... bused in". So? That's how it works. Legislators are given a number of tickets for constituents from their districts. Hey, it's an American president, people - even those disdained "rural" folk - want to enjoy this once in a lifetime moment. So? Do we dismiss the Women's March, and other bussed-in rallies? Point #3: "populist, nationalistic, uber-conservative, restrictive government". Oh, grow up already and stop parroting language begotten in the murky minds and offices of the losing, post-communist side. Ask the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, ask the throngs of young people from all over the world who took part in World Youth Day if they felt stifled, restricted, unable to freely express themselves. Stop a random passerby and ask them te same question. Point #4: "Confederate flagS folded away for future use" (?!), comment unnecessessary but the statement is aggressively suggestive. Otherwise, spot on. Too bad that a good commentary had to be tainted by easily debunked distortion of reality.
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