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Polarization

August 14, 2013

There are many countries, smaller than the United States, who have more major political parties than we. Ours number two… three if you want to include the Libertarians but I said “major” and they are anything but.

One would think in a country of about three-hundred-million that there would be a little more variation in thought, more divergence in rhetoric, more creativity in political expression.

But, no, we just have the two.

Doesn’t it strike anyone as odd that Americans either think one way or the other?

Can this be natural? Or is it something more along the lines of controlled thinking?

History has shown us that once-upon-a-time these two parties (under various names and guises over time) were very different beasts and stood for different things.

Of course we also understand that there were varying factions of interests throwing their substantial monetary support behind the party of their choice. That sad fact is no longer true.

One would figure that if you can buy one party’s candidate, why not simply buy two?

So we find “big oil” as well as “big pharma” (and “big-anything else” for that matter) throwing money into the red and blue coffers with equal abandon.

How so much easier to own both parties in a debate and give the viewing public the “image” of a partisan struggle going on.


Of course this would not do much good without the media stepping in to point out the “differences” between the two parties to assist us with the task of aligning ourselves to the one most like our thoughts, our wishes, our conception of a better country.

The bottom line of this polarization is the old stance “I am right and you are wrong”.

How soon until we realize that so many different viewpoints can all be so validly wrong?