Saturday, July 19, 2008

Why Has America Been Split In Two?


America really is more split along a partisan divide than ever before. This 2005 documentary, The State of the Union, shows that there are two Americas, a red one and a blue one. It's hard to believe that Montclair, NJ and Franklin, TN, each of which was voting 50/50 Democrat/Repug in 1970, are now even in the same country. Montclair is a blowout for Dems and Franklin has been hopelessly swallows up by the Dark Side.

It was funny how in the documentary's focus groups, the liberal participants all allow their faces to be shown. None of them are ashamed of their views. Even the conservatives who take moderate positions, instead of hate-filled ones, allow their faces to be shown. But almost all the right wing loons and the bigots and freaks, demanded that their identities be covered up. They know their views are "wrong" and disgraceful and they don't want to be exposed to the world for what they believe and what they are.

It's a very interesting, and nonpartisan, 40 minute documentary and very well worth watching. The unasked question, of course, is whether or not Barack Obama will be able to bring the country back together. He's in the film, in 2005, addressing that. (McBush has a cameo too but just to do some ineffectual posturing). Enjoy:

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At 7:15 AM, Blogger Milt Shook said...

I actually watched this entire thing, and I still disagree that we're all that polarized, really. What we lack is political leadership that emphasizes the issues that we all agree are important, and lacks the stones to actually stand up to extremists on both sides of the political aisle.

Anyway, I've posted a response of sorts on my blog,

At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who would be the extremists on the progressive side? Just wondering? Bill Clinton? Bernie Sanders? Wes Clark? or maybe Hillary and/or Barak with healthcare nonsense?

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Milt Shook said...

Bill, go watch the program, because your question makes no sense based on that.

The program isn't about people in government; it deals with regular people and polarization.

Here's a question for you; since the majority of people in this country think of themselves as "moderate," where would YOU suggest the polarization is coming from? It's coming from the extremes on both sides, and is fomented by a media that is interested only in audience levels, rather than teaching someone something...

At 6:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not make that split more than an imaginary line? Let's give the two sides what they want: their own country. Problem solved.


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