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Why Is Washington So Polarized?

daunhin Wrote: Feb 17, 2013 1:37 PM
"It is very clear that in fundamental theory socialism and democracy are almost if not quite one and the same. They both rest at bottom upon the absolute right of the community to determine its own destiny and that of its members." That, my dear friend, is exactly why the writers of the Constitution gave us a Constitutional Republic instead of a democracy. Both socialism and democracy lead to tyranny. Somewhere in the past it became fashionable to call the US a democracy. Maybe it was to dilute our thinking that we are in reality a constitutional republic.
CedarStrip Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 3:28 PM
Your democracy/republic statement is true, but that isn't what Wilson was talking about in "Socialism and Democracy" . concludes "clever essay is significant not for its advocacy of socialism but rather for Wilson’s radical belief that democracy, including American democracy, has no inherent regard for individual rights..."

People who have been around for a while all seem to agree. Never in living memory has the atmosphere on Capitol Hill and in Washington, D.C., generally been so toxic.

I don’t find this to be true out in the hinterland. The country as a whole is divided politically. But it’s not obviously more divided than it was 50 years ago. The toxicity of politics is a D.C. phenomenon. What’s more, the polarization is worse among the elites. It seems that the more education they have, the more polarized people become.

Why is that?

I have a theory. Any period...