reply to post by Indigo5
No, what that is is you picking apart every detail and reading too much into one sentence in my whole post.
I'm fully aware the differences in ideologies, but as I pointed out, both parties support an expansion of government, both parties support a larger
security apparatus aimed at the American populous.
Where our country has ended up is hardly the fault of one party, or one group of people. And anyone who wants to blame "the other side" is just
playing into the problem that is completely destroying this country. As long as we are all arguing amongst ourselves, we will never get together and
solve the important issues this country faces.
I whole-heartedly disagree with your sentiment. The Republicans and the Democrats are the ones who have been in charge now for a long time, and they
both EQUALLY deserve the criticism they receive. Unfortunately, partisans only want to blame the other side, the EQUIVALENT of rooting for your
favorite NFL football team.
There are obviously differences in each party, otherwise their existence would be threatened. But they all have common goals, and those goals have
nothing to do with the best interest of the American public.
However, I agree with your premise that it is the Republican party that has become more extreme, or at least more open about their extreme policies.
And the summary of this by the Brookings Institute is right on. But when we start blaming one party for all the woes we face, that is completely
backwards and wrong. The Democrats after all have stood by and let this happen, at the very least.
And I don't understand your analogy with Sunday golfers and Tiger Woods. I think that would be pretty obvious they are not equivalent.
I have been a Republican for many years, and I have been most critical of my own party. I get along better with my friends who are Democrats. But my
own opinions reflect a more conservative outlook, though I agree with many liberal ideals. I try to meet in the middle, and this is what we are
lacking in this country, on both sides of the aisle.
I do not employ rhetoric, and if I do, my rhetoric is based on the truth. I let the evidence and facts lead me to a conclusion and in my very short
life I have seen nothing but both parties of the United States further the downfall of this country with it's bankrupting while blaming it on the
other side. That is their modus operandi.
The extremism we are seeing is also used to further an agenda. The Overton window, I believe they call it. Once one party becomes extreme, it leaves
open an opportunity to pass certain legislation or ideas that would have once not been deemed suitable. Kind of a 2 steps forwards, one step back type
deal. Now that the Republicans have become so extreme, the Democrats could potentially push forward policies that are a little less extreme, but by
comparison seem average.
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