Reference to Hope, Optimism, and Enthusiasm was not suggested as a political tag line, but an internal state of being. If AJ give you that, then by all means, give him your ear. Or if he doesn't, but you still find it constructive (rather than destructive), then do that. In reference to the Fed, RP did not come off "depressing". He did not employ undertones judging it or them as being bad. He always identified the underlying idea as not being sound. IMO, very different energies.
As for country/small town living, you might be surprised how much less privacy you have in the country/small town, and how quickly your neighbors will rat you out. IMO, the city is better until the shtf. The country is better when the shtf.
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