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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I don't think Obama has done anything to divide the country, but I do think that his election revealed the division of the people. Just the fact of his being and becoming president reveals people's opinions about him. In other words, the people were already divided, him becoming president just highlighted the division.
Originally posted by ThaLoccster
And not just more division, but a more dangerous form.
Originally posted by SamuraiSamI actually believe over the 4 years tha this Presidency will last that he will bring most of the people together. Some people might hate Bush, but Americans as a whole hate Marxism/Communism more than they hate Bush. So I think people will continue to grow together in larger and larger numbers to fight off his attempts to bring the nation down.
I really would like to keep the conversation about the division of America, and not about Obama per se.
Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, was not immune, nor was former President Bill Clinton. But today the volume of screeching partisanship is cleaving the American electorate, perhaps as deeply as at any time since the Civil War a century and a half ago.
"The environment is much more extreme today because of the level of public involvement, the level of incivility among both the political elite and the public," said Chris Dolan, a political scientist at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa.
While he believes that American history has seen dirtier political periods, Frazier sees today's climate partly the result of the "media culture."
"Vitriol seems to sell. If you are telling people the end of the world is at hand, they watch," he said.