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Old 01-22-2013, 05:11 AM
 
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Clearly it's due to gremlins.

In all seriousness, though, it's probably because people are self-selecting more. If we clearly know who the people are that think similarly to us, and are increasingly choosing to interact with them more over people who might have different opinions, then extremist can form.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:14 AM
 
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It's honestly the media that's polarizing us, and the nation being slaves to the almighty television is falling for it hook, line, and sinker.
And what type of people is the media basically run by?
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:26 AM
 
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And what type of people is the media basically run by?
The Koch brothers, Rupert Murdoch, etc
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Mooches!

We have two groups dressed up as liberals and conservatives, but what they really are are tax payers and mooches.

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One side of American politics considers the modern welfare state ó a private-enterprise economy, but one in which societyís winners are taxed to pay for a social safety net ó morally superior to the capitalism red in tooth and claw we had before the New Deal. Itís only right, this side believes, for the affluent to help the less fortunate.

The other side believes that people have a right to keep what they earn, and that taxing them to support others, no matter how needy, amounts to theft. Thatís what lies behind the modern rightís fondness for violent rhetoric: many activists on the right really do see taxes and regulation as tyrannical impositions on their liberty.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/14/op...gman.html?_r=0
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:48 AM
 
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Religion, its all religion. And not just religion mostly the very far right Christian sects. The Pat Roberson, Jerry Falwell and John Hagees we hate all that is not exactly like us idiots who preach that the earth is 6k years old and that science is not in line with the bible so therefor its wrong and because of some obscure passage about men laying with men they want to kill all the gays and hurricanes are gods punishment for the USA tolerating them. Abortion is not only wrong for our church members but we endorse killing Dr's who preform them. Its a sick religious view that has polarized our nation. Much like slavery polarized our nation 150 years ago. As Lincoln said it will be all one thing or all the other. I see a day when that radical Christian view is dead and gone. And they are relegated to a small part of the rural south where the KKK still exists.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:59 AM
 
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Mooches!

We have two groups dressed up as liberals and conservatives, but what they really are are tax payers and mooches.

Liberals like to redistribute wealth downward, conservatives like to redistribute wealth upward.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:01 AM
 
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Watch some of those old buckley/chomsky tit for tat debates. America has been polarized since at least the 70s.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast FL
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Two things, mostly...

1. hate radio

2. Fox "news"
I think this is exactly right, along with fundamentalist Christians aligning themselves with the right and making everything a moral issue instead of a political issue.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:47 AM
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As I get older, I am realizing this more and more. I don't remember the moderation that I remembered growing up.

All I see these days is extreme polarization in viewpoints and political beliefs. It is not generally as apparent in person, but it is much more apparent in forums.

It seems the days of convincing someone of something or being convinced by anyone of something are gone.

Thanks

I agree. Even the "hippies" in the 1960s, despite being idiots and occasionally violent, were more "cool" and had a live and let live attitude. The modern liberal is more like a jack-booted fascist who wants to impose thier will upon others.

Why do liberals need to steal money from others in the form of taxation and impose thier will upon others?
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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And what type of people is the media basically run by?
People who love money.

On both sides of the aisle.
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