This post inspired by: Divided We Stand: The Polarizing of American Politics
Gone are the days when American politicians worked together to promote a framework of government that fairly contemplates the diversity of needs within its society. To a great extent, those who vote, (as well as most of those who merely ride along,) have embraced a strikingly partisan view of the world that is quite often predisposed according to the overall political affinity already established in whatever specific geographic location they find themselves. A century and a half ago it was all about blue and grey – today it’s all about red and blue.
“The Democrats control the cities, most of the coasts and sizable chunks of the Midwest, while the GOP dominates rural areas and most of the flyover zones between the coasts. On the other's turf, it is difficult for the minority party to win any elections, leading to not only a loss of political competition but even a minimal debate of important issues.”
Nowadays it’s all about winning elections, holding power, and preventing those who represent any opposing party from participating in the debate or subsequent formulation of policy. We generally desire to be a part of “the winning team” and tender our affiliations according to some cummulative amalgamation of principles and values that we perceive to associate with “our place” in the world. Meanwhile, we think that nobody will notice the dramatic increase for scotch-tape in our company’s office supply orders during the month of December.
Most of us appreciate the fact that the people of Iraq need to take responsibility for their own future; however, few of us recognize how that lingo parallels a fairly predominate opinion within our own society that “the government should not make any special effort to help blacks because they should help themselves.” Almost all of us think we comprehend legitimate ways to “help ourselves,” but alas~ some are more astute in recognizing the mechanics of doing so. After all, the only obvious criminals are the individuals who get caught.
So we set about the task of defining our affiliations and lambasting whatever lies beyond the perimeter of our physical and social familiarity. It’s actually quite easy and carefree. Just don’t ever concede anything [at all whatsoever] – and never, ever miss an opportunity to impune a prejudice against those not within the realm of your own circle.
And speaking of circles … If astronomers were to announce the discovery of a giant asteroid on a collision-course with our Earth, would the diversity of people inhabiting this planet suddenly recognize the value in working together toward a common solution – or would we remain adamant to maintain the vigilence of our established social and political divisions?
- Are the Democratic and Republican parties too focused on their respective base voters?
- Should the political parties be more broad-based and pursue compromise rather than polarization?
- Is the difficulty for minority parties to win elections leading to a loss of political competition and does that also limit debate of important issues?