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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...588_story.html

    Interesting study on how Americans are increasingly all conservative or all liberal. And an increase in thinking that those with differing views don't just see things differently, they are actually trying to destroy the country. No surprise why nothing ever gets done in this country anymore as everyone sees compormise as betrayal.

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    I couldn't find it, but someone's campaign manager flipped their lid because someone brought up that Ronald Reagan compromised. Funny video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osiris View Post
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...588_story.html

    Interesting study on how Americans are increasingly all conservative or all liberal. And an increase in thinking that those with differing views don't just see things differently, they are actually trying to destroy the country. No surprise why nothing ever gets done in this country anymore as everyone sees compormise as betrayal.
    I'm wondering how it got this bad.
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politi...588_story.html

    Interesting study on how Americans are increasingly all conservative or all liberal. And an increase in thinking that those with differing views don't just see things differently, they are actually trying to destroy the country. No surprise why nothing ever gets done in this country anymore as everyone sees compormise as betrayal.
    I'm wondering how it got this bad.

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    Yeah, I think a big part of it is 'news' that is basically just opinion disguised as news. Both sides are clearly guilty of this. But I don't think you get a lot of 'they're doing this for this purpose of destroying the country and remake it in their own image' from the left. And when any moderation done by anybody in the gop gets them labeled a 'rino' and primiaried out of existence, there's no room for 'while I respect my opponent, I must disagree with his position on this issue.' But pundits and talk show hosts don't make money by being reasonable and willing to listen.

    But I think the biggest problem in the whole thing is the two-party system. With a multi-party system, there is room for discussion between smaller, more adaptable organizations. And you can find a group that reflects all of your views instead of choosing the one closer to you and trying to force everybody else to agree with you.

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    I have to agree with Osiris on this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osiris View Post
    But I don't think you get a lot of 'they're doing this for this purpose of destroying the country and remake it in their own image' from the left.
    I don't know, it really seemed to ramp up when W Bush got in office, there was a ton of backlash from people saying that he was destroying the country. It was the big consensus at the time. Then we had the talking head Republican sides coming out in defense of him going full patriotic to try and balance it out. Then when Obama came in, they got their turn to bash the president since they had to take it for 8 years, and it created the even bigger gap we have now.
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    Honestly, it probably goes back to the contract with america. They tried to impeach a guy for getting a blowjob. Its just gotten worse since then.

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    Contract with america?
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    Terrible idea

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    I was gonna say it was when the GOP won control in 94 as well. That just seemed to end compromise on all fronts because it then turned into a If you're not with us, you're against us.
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    Don't forget shutting down the government because of Newt Gringbitch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osiris View Post
    Yeah, I think a big part of it is 'news' that is basically just opinion disguised as news. Both sides are clearly guilty of this. But I don't think you get a lot of 'they're doing this for this purpose of destroying the country and remake it in their own image' from the left. And when any moderation done by anybody in the gop gets them labeled a 'rino' and primiaried out of existence, there's no room for 'while I respect my opponent, I must disagree with his position on this issue.' But pundits and talk show hosts don't make money by being reasonable and willing to listen.

    But I think the biggest problem in the whole thing is the two-party system. With a multi-party system, there is room for discussion between smaller, more adaptable organizations. And you can find a group that reflects all of your views instead of choosing the one closer to you and trying to force everybody else to agree with you.
    First thing you need to accept is that both sides are as bad as one another but for different reasons. Though it does seem that the lunatic right have the biggest megaphone over there. Here it tends to be the lunatic left, however Ukip's morons are providing good competition.

    I don't think the two party system is the problem as long as there are balancing factions. Here with our three-ish (UKIP don't count till they get a few MPs) party system each party has at least two elements that pull in different directions.
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    China only holds like 8% of the debt anyway. Do they really need North Korea for the boogyman given current global events?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nibbles View Post
    China only holds like 8% of the debt anyway. Do they really need North Korea for the boogyman given current global events?
    You always need a boogeyman

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    I think Lester Freedom should be the boogeyman.

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