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Why Is Washington So Polarized?

lmignotte Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 5:14 PM
I think we are so polarized because of the takeover by the federal government. Had most of the power remained with the states as it was designed to be in the constitution, we would not be so polarized. A person could move to a state where there were like minded people, with laws and regulations you could live with. Instead the federal government has taken over virtually every aspect of our lives, forcing a one-size-fits-all mentality on an extremely large and diverse population. Return the power to the states and most people could be happy.

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...