Why are we so polarized?

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    An interesting article from BBC. I think sites like this, Brietbart, Daily Kos and the likes of Fox and MSNBC are first and foremost among the culprits. The internet has allowed us to accomplish a great deal, but the drawbacks are becoming more apparent with each passing year. Also, much of MSM has dropped it's impartiality in favor of gaining ratings with those who want news spun their way. I don't know if it will ever get better.

    Well, now I see that I have to have 15 points (whatever the hell those are) to post a link to other sites. Kinda silly. Anyway the article is on BBC's web page and is called "What happened to America's community spirit?", if some one with this ponderous posting privilege is inclined to link it.

    I wonder if I can say that. :confused:
     
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    Government spending is 100 times more redistributive than it was during the JFK era.


    Let me repeat that for anyone who missed it.


    Government spending is 100 X more redistributive than it was during the JFK era.

    What has changed in America? The use of force of government to take from some to give to others in exchange for votes.

    Leftists are gutting and destroying America.
     
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    We're so polarized because many who have a significant vested interest in keeping us divided are doing their jobs very well. Add to that many in the populace who blindly buy into it, and there you have it.

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    Yep . They watch like a tennis match . :eusa_eh:
     
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    It has a lot to do with the attitude of the President. I don't remember any other President calling other Americans 'the enemy'. The man just fucking sucks.

    But he's funny.... not intentionally, I know... but that comment about having learned that he's supposed to work for ALL Americans made me laugh. The clue is in the job title. What a fucking doofus those borg elected.
     
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    @ Sniper - your response encapsulates the problem.

    @ Mac - your comment doesn't explain why it would have been different today.
    Vested interests of have not changed.

    Without the article, this is going nowhere.
     
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    Hmmmmm? Tough question.
    How about this? "If you own a succesful business, you didn't build that! Somebody else did!"
    Or this "Income redistribution is good."
    Or this, throwing the white working class male, the class that built this country, no apologies to the musical group Heart, their rock and roll, marijuana smoke, and cocaine lines did not, under the bus as part of your base.
    Or even this classic from early on as the country got to know Obama "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, a lot of them -- like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they've gone through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it's not surprising then that they get bitter, and they cling to guns, or religion, or antipathy toward people who aren't like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations"
     
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    Here's the link, BBC News - What happened to America's community spirit?
     
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    "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" JFK Inaugural Speech
    Barry intends to add an entire new dimension of meaning to that fabulous Churchillian statement "Never have so many owed so much to so few"
    Valerie Jarret, daughter of one of the members of the 1970's Chicago Communist School
    David Axelrod, mentored by another member of the 1970's Chicago Communist School.
    "By their friends yee shall know them"
     
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    This is something I've been thinking of posting about lately. Especially after my occasional run-ins with mainstream media. I was listening to NPR yesterday, where went go on and on about the "bitterly divided electorate", etc... etc... telling me how sharply divided the two major parties are, yada yada yada...

    And I just don't see it. The entire thing feels like glammed-up fake wrestling to me. Stepping outside the "ring", and looking at the way each party has actually governed over the last 20 to 30 years, I see precious little to distinguish them.

    I think the reason the two parties compete so bitterly isn't based on their differences. I think it's caused by their common goal. They both want control more than anything else. And they'll say anything, flipping and flopping with the breeze, to get it.
     
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