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Why do we need to talk about this?: We need to make a new consensus about what is happening to our country

FourFourSeconds ago, in an effort to put the nation on the path toward an informed public debate about what happens to our nation after the 2016 election, The Huffington Post spoke with experts and thinkers about what we need now, why we need it, and how we might best proceed.

What are the key findings from our conversation?

It is important to recognize that, at this point, there is no consensus.

We are talking about a very different country, with very different issues and with very radically different outcomes.

What matters most is that the debate be a conversation.

What do you think?

People need to know.

What people are saying is, “This country has lost its way.

This country has become so polarized that it is now impossible to get to a consensus on anything.

And yet, we are talking to each other, and that’s the only way we are going to find common ground.

We need an understanding that we’re all on the same side of this.

We all understand each other’s struggles, and we’re just waiting for our leaders to come along and do something about it.

I’ve always wondered why so many people who talk to each another have a different perspective on the world, the universe, and the universe than other people.

The reason that they do is because they are not all born into the same place.

If they were born into a different world, I doubt they would be as open to listening to each others’ points of view.

And the reason that the majority of Americans, in particular, are not as open is that they don’t have the same kind of access to knowledge as the rest of us.

If people can learn from each other and get the message across that there is an agenda out there that we all share, we can then be able to start to solve problems, start to build bridges and build bridges to solve the problems that we share.

And I think that is the point of the election.

That if we can all get our minds around the fact that this country has gone so far down a road to hell that the only people who are left standing in the middle are people who voted for Trump, and they will not get their way, that will allow us to begin to build the bridge that allows us to reach an understanding of the future that we will all be able come together on, because the future is going to be much different than we think.

What can we do to ensure that the conversation continues?

First, I think there is a very clear need to change the way we approach the conversation.

We have to start by not just talking about it, but listening to it.

I think the best thing we can do right now is to start talking about this with people who have experience.

I am not talking about people who do not know each other.

I’m talking about folks who have some experience in the public sector, or people who know someone who knows someone who has experience in politics, who can provide input and suggestions.

Secondly, I do think that we have to stop looking at the election as just about Donald Trump and all of the things that happened in the campaign.

It is not.

It has deep, systemic roots that are going back decades.

And we need all of us, regardless of where we stand on policy, to come together and start to understand that we are not in this alone.

We do not live in this world alone.

And it is not just a problem in this country.

It’s a problem across the globe.

I believe it is a problem that needs to be addressed, and it is time that we began to work together to do that.

Third, I would like to see the conversation begin with a willingness to take on the issues.

We should be talking about health care.

We must be talking seriously about the role of race and the role that people of color play in this health care system.

We cannot continue to ignore that.

We can and must acknowledge the fact, which is that racism is alive and well.

We also have to acknowledge that there are some of the policies that were put in place to address the issues that people raised, and there are others that are still in place.

We don’t live in a perfect world, but I think we are living in a better world than we were eight years ago, and I think people should be willing to sit down and have a real conversation about how we can start to heal and make progress.

Fourth, and perhaps most importantly, I want to see a conversation about the future.

I have a hard time believing that we can go on as we are right now.

There are some who believe that the future belongs to those who voted Trump.

That’s just not the reality.

It was not the way the future was supposed to work.