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  •  It's funny (7+ / 0-)

    just thirty some years ago solutions to the people's problems would have been offered by both parties, but that is not happening, it is all down to personalities.  Policies are not discussed and if they are usually after the election we get the complete opposite policies that were talked about during the campaign.  

    I don't think there is political will among our politicians to stop the corruption and criminality and it becomes more evident with every election.

    "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

    by zaka1 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 03:38:36 PM PDT

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    •  Look at the Current (10+ / 0-)

      American political culture.  The right mostly talks about Obama and how scary he is and the majority of their policy push is simply to react against him.  The "left" mostly talks disdainfully about Republicans and how scary they are. It's as vapid and contentless as any other branch of celebrity media.

      This is, obviously, all low order discourse, but it is easy and non-controversial within the tribe. Policy is like math, complicated, arcane and daunting; personalities are by contrast easy, and everyone smart enough to breathe can join in and participate. It's celebrity culture with good guys vs. bad guys- as American as a Western where it's John Wayne against the brown skinned indians.  There is little danger of pro forma tribal finger pointing going off the script.  Policy, not so safe.  

      Why do you think partisan political discussion sites push talking personality over policy?  It's accessable to everyone, it's safe, it builds cohesion and loyalty because it's all about superficiality rather than content- just like popular celebrity news.  

      If we really got into policy, we might discover there's too much common ground between the supposedly warring parties, that the people you are pushed to accept are too similar in important ways to those you are pushed to despise.  Then the safe simplistic good vs. evil narrative might begin to break down.  People might stop cheering their tribe long enough in the ensuing awkward silence to start thinking. To start asking questions. To start forming their own opinions. And questioning the ones they've been fed.

      Trust me, neither party wants to go down that road.


      Advisors for President-Elect Barack Obama feared the new administration would face a coup if it prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a new report out this morning.

      by Kurt Sperry on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:03:44 PM PDT

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      •  I think your right (1+ / 0-)
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        and the divide is breaking down because a lot of Republicans have parents or a disabled family member on Social Security and Medicare that need those programs because they will not be able to financially make up for the lost of such programs.  They also have children in horrible student loan debt with no job prospects or are also becoming underemployed.  This will also hit Republican families just as hard as it has been hitting Democrat families.  I think more Democrats have felt it first because they went after the labor and social services jobs and all but eliminated them.  And now they are moving to destroyed more opportunities that effect Republicans as well.

        I remember back in the 1980s it was the college educated that were becoming more Republican than Democrat because college education raised you up through social mobility.  The Republican rise has been through social mobility and now that it is dead I think more people are waking up to that fact.  Although we are still not quite there yet.  The more things do not improve the more people will realize that something is wrong no matter what side politically your on.  

        "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolution­ary act. " George Orwell

        by zaka1 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 04:32:41 PM PDT

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