When the news isn’t dominated by disasters, natural or man-made, we see a war of symbols and labels. Statues of Confederate leaders are symbols of white supremacy, tear them down. Pro football players taking a knee during the national anthem are making a symbolic statement against police brutality. Others cry they’re disrespecting our symbols of our freedom. Words such bigot. elitist, racist, establishment, deniers of either science or free speech are all tossed about like so much confetti. These dominate the discourse between members any political persuasion. Symbolic gestures and name calling have effectively replaced the actual hard work of problem solving reform.