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  •  asdf (none)
    Yeah, okay, awesome. The hardening, as you put it, hasn't come from our side. That's for damn sure. And you are right to fault the GOP leadership, of course. And we can throw in the media, too, for its laziness, let alone its frequent bias. We all know that, together.

    But why do we get so tired? Why do people sigh and look off in the distance just before they get to painful, blood-shedding crux of an argument, when the R is wrong and the D is right? (Or, in fairness, vice versa.) It's not just that people are ill-equipped to make sensible points. Or that we're too scared to make the coups de grace. Why don't we want to actually come to a point of disagreement, especially now?

    •  I disagree (none)
      that the driving force to the polarization is a lack of information or an inability to make sensible points.

      My theory is that it seems from an inability to disagree, we've so demonized the idea of differing opinions that people can't merely disagree with others, they have to turn those they disagree with into monsters and elevate their own positions/beliefs/interests into a postiion of smug self-righteousness.

      Its both anti-intellectual and anti-democratic, but unfortunately very American.    

      "Consult the genius of the place in all things" - Alexander Pope

      by a gilas girl on Thu Sep 09, 2004 at 11:05:11 PM PDT

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      •  Great insight, Gilas. (none)
        My theory is that it seems from an inability to disagree, we've so demonized the idea of differing opinions that people can't merely disagree with others, they have to turn those they disagree with into monsters and elevate their own positions/beliefs/interests into a postiion of smug self-righteousness.

        Disagreement, rather than being useful, becomes a form of disloyalty and lack of 'unity'. I see this attitude echoed here too and consistently by a few posters.

        Discussions become very macho and thus very stupid. Indeed, they can hardly be dignifed by the description 'discussion'.  

        "...the definition of a gaffe in Washington is somebody who tells the truth but shouldn't have." Howard Dean

        by colleen on Sat Sep 11, 2004 at 07:45:58 AM PDT

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