Political Polarization



By Eric ~ August 5th, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized.

Spending a good amount of time on a message board discussing different issues, I’ve been blown away over the years at the demonization of the other side of the American political spectrum. Ironically, in my opinion, there isn’t that much difference between the two “sides”. It seems to be more that they’ve latched onto a couple of major issues, and like to base their platforms and ads off of a caricature of those talking points. Democrats will bleed your wallet dry in wealth redistribution from the rich to the poor, while the Republicans will bleed the wallets of the poor to fill that of the rich.

All elephants are looking to rob women of their right to control their bodies, while all asses just “pro abortion”.

In the aforementioned debate about economic issues relating to living wage, etc, I found that I was accused of everything from being a manager at WalMart to bashing lower income workers, to simply being quite cold. Honestly, I don’t see any of the three. I’m certainly not a manager at WalMart ;). I understand the plight of lower income workers, and I don’t think that I’m particularly frigid about it. However, there is an sense of futility to keep trying to raise people up the socioeconomic ladder by just raising the bottom. Everybody else rises as well if you raise wages above what the law of supply and demand dictates, driving inflation and hurting the very people that the premise was trying to help.

So, why is it that we can’t accept that people that don’t hold the same political beliefs that we do don’t have horns and a tail? Usually, it’s just a difference in perspective and/or priority. But, the more caricaturization we have between the political parties, the more steadfast each side becomes, ensuring that we will see a whole hell of a lot of 51/49 federal elections, just like 2000, 2004, and even 2008 will probably be close, which is STAGGERING considering the current mess and the fact that four to eight more years could be catastrophic to the balance of the supreme court.

But, for whatever reason, we don’t care about that. We simply want to participate in the dehumanization of the enemy. Behavior that, in my opinion, is reprehensible. How can it really be justified to treat other people that way?

Enquiring minds want to know.   

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