Good discussion about our partisan divide.

It is a neutral observation of the nationalization of politics and its effects. Importantly, it bodes poorly for the damaging effects on our Democratic system of governance.

Broadly speaking, there are three trends that we can point to. The first is the steady nationalization of American politics. The second is the sorting of Democrats and Republicans along urban/rural and culturally liberal/culturally conservative lines, and the third is the increasingly narrow margins in national elections.“

“The combination of these three trends has turned Washington, D.C., into a high-stakes battle where cross-party compromise is difficult, and both sides are increasingly holding out for complete control.”

14 thoughts on “Good discussion about our partisan divide.

  1. In my opinion, having only two viable parties may be reaching a point of ineffective governance.

    For example, where do citizens who are pro-choice but fiscal conservatives go? Or Medicare-for-all but strong 2nd Amendment advocates. If there are only two options, the choice is almost “Hobsonesque” (Is that a word?).

    Multiple parties in the parliamentary system have their own issues of course. But at least it forces coalitions that the major parties have to build, through compromise, in order to govern. Voice is given to minority views.

    As the article points out, we have evolved to a winner take all approach so that the only way to govern in an era of no compromise is complete control of all branches.

    I think it was Tip O’Neill who coined the phrase “all politics is local”. No longer true. Whether our Congressional pols get our vote or not is less dependent upon how he might best represent our district than how the party will control Washington.

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  2. A simpler way to look at it is that the Urban elites have come to look at the heartland pretty much the same way as Marie Antoinette looked at the peasants. And with the same result.

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    1. Why is ALWAYS a one way street with you? Both sides are responsible for where we find ourselves. Yet you ALWAYS blame those that aren’t on your side.

      Take some responsibility once in a while;.

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      1. Really?

        Are the country folk telling people in the city what kind of car they can drive?

        Are the country folk taxing food the way city folk tax energy?

        Are country folk, who live where police response times run 30 minutes are more telling city folk who have a policeman on every block how they can defend their homes?

        Nope, People in the heartland may not approve of how folks in the city live, but we do not try to force our will on them.

        In what way do country folk interfere in the lives of those in the city?

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    2. Now that is a good example of the partisan divide.

      For many years now, the heartland has denigrated the coastal folks as not patriotic and un-American.

      The Republican party has milked this rural elitism for all its worth.

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      1. And do the country folk try to tell the city folk how to live or tax their necessities?

        The cities have engaged in a legal war of aggression on the heartland for a decade.

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        1. Sounds like you are complaining about governors and not city folks. Governors and state legislators that have gerrymandered themselves a nice little majority that represents a minority of the population.

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  3. The main change is that the hard left is more numerous, more outspoken, and more willing to try violence. Without these extremists, we would not have a partisan divide. At least not more than we had 5 years ago or 20 years ago.

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    1. “The main change is that the hard left is more numerous, more outspoken, and more willing to try violence.”

      Hogwash comes to mind in regards to your post. The hard right currently has the Oval Office on its side. And YOU are OK with that.

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