Author Topic: The sad state of the (UN) United States  (Read 16453 times)

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Re: The sad state of the (UN) United States
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2021, 03:19:25 pm »
It’s not ‘polarization.’ We suffer from Republican radicalization.

While it’s true that the country is more deeply divided along partisan lines than it has been in the past, it is wrong to suggest a symmetrical devolution into irrational hatred. The polarization argument too often treats both sides as equally worthy of blame, characterizing the problem as a sort of free-floating affliction (e.g., “lack of trust”). This blurs the distinction between a Democratic Party that is marginally more progressive in policy positions than it was a decade ago, and a Republican Party that routinely lies, courts violence and seeks to define America as a White Christian nation.

The Republican Party’s tolerance of violence is not matched by Democrats. Nor is the Republican Party’s refusal to recognize the sanctity of elections. Democrats did not call the elections they lost in 2020 and 2021 “rigged,” nor are they seeking to replace nonpartisan election officials with partisan lawmakers. Republicans’ determination to change voting laws based on their insistence that Donald Trump won the 2020 election is without historical precedent.

Read the whole thing. Anyone who tries to draw equivalency between some Dem's embrace of identity politics or positions like defunding the police and the GOP's wholesale surrender to violence and nihilism is not to be taken seriously.