And the survey says that the political divide has increased over the years, to some record highs. According to a Pew research poll: “Political polarization in America has broken out of the voting booth“.
Political Polarization in the American Public
Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan acrimony is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in recent history. And these trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life.
“How Increasing Ideological Uniformity and Partisan Antipathy Affect Politics, Compromise and Everyday Life
Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades. These trends manifest themselves in myriad ways, both in politics and in everyday life. And a new survey of 10,000 adults nationwide finds that these divisions are greatest among those who are the most engaged and active in the political process.”
Democrats and Republicans more ideologically divided than in the past
Well, the AP article points out some amusing extensions of this divide, like relationships, where people live based on political leanings, and who they associate with.
However, what grabs me outside the parameters of the article is what has happened in government. Obama and Democrats have politicized the environment, the war on energy, the EPA regulations, the IRS, the border, immigration, the Keystone Pipeline, national resources, water, military, the National Park Service, government employees, schools and home schooling, White House tours, the Dep of Justice, federal lands, the budget, terrorism, healthcare, the economy, incomes, the climate and weather, national disasters, the war, national security, people’s data and personal information, etc.
Now then, considering all that, is there any wonder why it seems people are politically divided? Is it any wonder they are more ideologically “consistent”, and more politically aware in general, than in the distant past? But leave it to them, and government I presume, to worry about us being too partisan or political divided.
Well, all that politicization makes makes our political choices pale by comparison. And it was done under a man who said he would be a uniter not a divider. Isn’t it working well? Under a president who practices the most divisive politics possible. Yet the alarmists point out a political divide? Pardon my Casablanca face, I’m shocked!
A man who practices divide and conquer tactics and class war as his trademark, and they are concerned about our divided politics? But it’s not like we need a poll to know that.
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