Congress From Hell: Divided We Stand

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    Much More (not about air conditioning): Divided We Stand - John Aloysius Farrell - NationalJournal.com

    NOTE: There is a lot of information in this very long article.
     
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    Because some wise man invented air conditioning we now have a narcissistic president and and senate giving the finger to its legal responsibilities?


    That is quite a stretch.
     
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    Awwwww....Poor Little Lord Obammyroy can't ram anything and everything his little Marxist heart desires through congress.

    Oh well, he can always go around ruling by decree, like he has been doing..It's not like there's any republican with the gonads to stand up and stop him.
     
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    Wow, you read and digest quickly.
     
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    Not necessary for partisans.
     
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    Good article. Excellent analysis.
     
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    The bit about “asymmetric polarization” is probably the most important part. I don't know that I'd blame air conditioning per se, but it's clear that a major American political party has been pulled far astray ideologically and has taken great glee in purging its membership of unbelievers. The result at the best of times is that the great debates between conservatives and liberals now take place entirely within a single party, with the other simply searching for ways to undermine our institutions.

    An undercurrent of paranoid zealotry that attached itself to the right more than half a century ago has gradually gained legitimacy over the past two decades. Surprisingly little has changed since "The Paranoid Style in American Politics" was published in 1964, except that you can add LBJ and the Great Society to the list of villains and atrocities:

    Hofstadter wrote "I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind" and, indeed, conspiracy theory remains the bread and butter of the fringe rightwing.

    The President is a Marxist intent on destroying American capitalism, not to mention a Manchurian candidate brainwashed in madrasas as a child. Voter registration drives in poor neighborhoods spearheaded by community organizing groups are in fact the platform for an elaborate and massive voter fraud operation that swings elections to the right's political opponents. Elites have launched a conspiracy on a global scale to manipulate the findings published in geophysical and climatological journals the world over. Tax credits for buying private insurance are part of an elaborate plot to eradicate the health insurance industry and impose a system in which every American must stand in judgment before a panel through which "bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care."

    The list of paranoid delusions could go on and on, sadly. What's changed is that those who advance them are no longer fringe, they've been given legislative power that they're ill-equipped to use.

    The result is something that looks like polarization at first glance. However, that term doesn't really do it justice. According to wiki, polarization is a "process by which the public opinion divides and goes to the extremes. It can also refer to when the extreme factions of a political party gain dominance in a party. In either case moderate voices often lose power and influence as a consequence."

    By that definition, the term the OP article uses for the situation we have now--"asymmetric polarization"--is something of an oxymoron. One party has been pulled toward the extreme, leading to the obvious current divergence, despite the fact that its rival remains centrist. As long as they continue to embrace the paranoid style, it's hard to see how that's going to change. And, frankly, that's a gap I'd rather not see bridged as long as paranoid fanatics remain one political pole.


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    You can hold your breath and stomp your foot all you want. Children should never be allowed to get their way no matter how much they try to belittle adults.
     
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    Thank you for your very adult input.
     

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