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  •  The polarization is huge and growing (3+ / 0-)
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    themank, boofdah, thereisnospoon

    Two different cultures have emerged.  The 50% to 30% proves that it seems that the Republicans are more so repelled by Democrats than vice versa.

    So what is the logical consequence of this trend, the final destination?

    A clash of cultures?  What form will it take?

    Or...can the trend be reverted somehow?

    I have hope that new generations of Americans will be so much more progressive that the Republican party will dwindle and eventually mutate into something less dysfunctional.

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    by Shockwave on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 04:02:03 PM PDT

    •  That's a big question, isn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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      Shockwave, boofdah

      I ask myself that question to often. And I really don't like the answers.

      The term re-education has become so loaded and pejorative that it is an unusable phrase. The country needs some serious educating, but the costs, both political and financial, make this a pipe dream.

      I use the term right wing monster. The monster is loose and it isn't going to be put back without a lot of damage being done. No matter what the polls say about Obama's chances in November.

      I was elated the night he was elected in 2008. But I remember saying it wouldn't make the right wing monster go away, it would be back.

      I'm a bit resigned to it, the sisyphean labor of pushing the rock up the hill.

      But I'm not sure where this is headed in the long run. I guess demographics will play a part.

      •  I have witnessed similar polarization elsewhere (1+ / 0-)
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        themank

        Ultimately there was violence.

        Perhaps polarization in America was similar during the Civil Rights movement but I don't see an MLK on the right.  Polarization was greater before the Civil War and we know how that ended.

        The next 4 years are crucial.

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        by Shockwave on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 05:04:44 PM PDT

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        •  Ron Paul's appeal to some seems to be (0+ / 0-)

          let's just all go our own way. Kill the national government and let every state fend for themselves.

          I could be wrong, but it seems like the logical conclusion.

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