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Today’s Political Polarization
Isn’t as Striking as We Think

National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:danvillebill, 3/9/2017 9:49:52 PM

Polarize” is a funny word. I hear it all the time, including from my own mouth. The country is polarized. The parties are polarized. President Trump is polarizing. I think that’s true, but I don’t think the word means what people think it means. First, let’s go to the dictionary. Merriam-Webster offers three definitions, the first two scientific and then this: “to break up into opposing factions or groupings, (e.g.) a campaign that polarized the electorate.” That looks right to me. But when people hear the word “polarized,” they think it means something like “the maximum distance” apart from each
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Reply 1 - Posted by: Lucky5, 3/9/2017 10:31:12 PM     (No. 11184882)

Disappointing. Jonah basically used a whole of words to say nothing.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: saguni, 3/9/2017 10:58:28 PM     (No. 11184902)

FTA: Chris Cillizza said on Twitter, “No question Republicans have moved further right than Democrats have moved left. But Democrats have moved way left too.”

I don´t think so...my views are pretty much the same as they were since Reagan was President, however many on the left today are nothing more than hard-core Communists.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Newtsche, 3/9/2017 11:29:00 PM     (No. 11184930)

If Jonah is talking about the GOPe vs. the Dims, he´s right. If he´s talking about the American people, he´s way off.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/10/2017 3:27:41 AM     (No. 11185014)

The polarization started under Obama and would still be there no matter who won the presidency.Sure a fair number of people hated Bush but the country wasn´t polarized by him.To me it all started when Obama said the cop acted stupidity.That was a dog whistle to the left they could do what they wanted.

If Hillary had won the right in this country would have been mad as slapped hornets.Illegals helped Hillary get elected is what we´d be saying.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: IowaDad, 3/10/2017 7:29:39 AM     (No. 11185134)

The country was vastly more polarized with presidents Lincoln and Nixon.

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