Very interesting post. While I agree, yes, America has been going through a period of changing mindsets, I would not say we are a fundamentally unserious country. Like Whitney stated, it appears this author favors one specific political party vs. another, which left a bad taste. Speaking to the facts—Yes, expertise does matter, but who are the experts? In my opinion, COVID-19 has affected views and preferences among Americans, causing a division amongst the nation. People are asking questions surrounding: to wear a mask or not, quarantine restrictions, testing, vaccines, who do we trust in the scientific community, etc. The unpredictable nature of the virus does not allow for reliable predictions about what the future has in store for Americans, but I’m optimistic we will get through this. In God We Trust.