reply to post by Hefficide
Originally posted by Hefficide
As for Lincoln vs FDR? I actually mentioned them both in my OP. I happen to admire FDR, as unpopular as that is currently. Either way, however, that
is a personal opinion and I'd expect others to accept that it is my opinion even if they disagree.
If nothing else, this thread has been interesting in the variety of impressions that it seems to have left different people with. That shows, I think,
the fragmentation of the American psyche today.
Alas...the "fragmentation" of the "American Psyche"...the idealogical division...the partisanship...the "tone"...the lack of compromise...
I see it as a "perfect storm"...but fleeting by it's nature like even the worst of hurricaines.
It began with a strategy of division. Lee Atwater was the Philosophical grandfather, Karl Rove his protege.
A divided nation was predicatable, easy to manipulate and pander to, reliable voters...and emotions like fear and anger are hardwired in people to
overcome rational, logical thought. the "lizard brain". Fight or flee etc.
Atwater appealed to racism/fear...his protege Karl Rove expanded it to the Christian right..."Gay Marriage" became the hot button issue...and other
The populace no longer thought about real "issues"..but rather if Joe and Bill, whom they never met, could get married...etc.
The Democrats didn't exactly call BS on the strategy, because it afforded them a chance to play the same game.
The strategy also allowed the GOP to recruit the evangelical christian right in a bid for a divided nation, but as Karl Rove said...a chance at the
GOP having a "Permanent Majority" and to destroy the Democrats once and for all.
As all of this "lizard brain (appeals to racism, fear, intolerance etc) vs. REAL ISSUES" strategy was being rolled out...the economic crisis hit!
Economic Crisis has always peaked intolerance, anger and fear in societies....and our politics had been teasing the division for a decade! Culture
My only consolation is that intuitively I know it has climaxed..emotions are fleeting...and the mainstream is exhausted with the division...and the
bottom line issues like jobs, taxes etc. have eclipsed whether or not someone can build a Mosque in Arkansas etc. etc.
We are still divided, but the discussion is creeping back to "issues" as opposed to emotional appeals...though both parties still try to insert
emotion into it...the people are less tolerant of those emotional appeals.
Still divided...but past the climax of that division.
edit on 6-3-2013 by Indigo5 because: (no reason given)