Why are we so polarized?

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This nation was founded by people who brought Christianity and the Bible across the Atlantic. There was no Cultural Marxist movement of promoting LGBTQ agenda, feminism, and demonizing the patriarchy.
Some of them, not all of them, many were fleeing oppressive religious persecution in Europe. This was the time of the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason, both of which were definitely not religious movements. Read some history, your ignorance of this time period is embarrassing.

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Some of them, not all of them, many were fleeing oppressive religious persecution in Europe. This was the time of the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason, both of which were definitely not religious movements. Read some history, your ignorance of this time period is embarrassing.

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The thought of ripskater sitting down to read The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine just gave me a big chuckle. That book would be BLASPHEMY to ripskater. And yet Thomas Paine is one of our Founding Fathers. Without his incendiary pamphlet "Common Sense", the American Revolution would have been nothing more than an unfocused rebellion, and not a movement for full independence from Britain.

The Age of Reason is one of the most banned books of all time...…..
 
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The thought of ripskater sitting down to read The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine just gave me a big chuckle. That book would be BLASPHEMY to ripskater. And yet Thomas Paine is one of our Founding Fathers. Without his incendiary pamphlet "Common Sense", the American Revolution would have been nothing more than an unfocused rebellion, and not a movement for full independence from Britain.

The Age of Reason is one of the most banned books of all time...…..
And this is why:
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This is what Ripskater is trying to assign to the Founders, and it didn't even exist at that time.

Christian fundamentalism[edit]
Fundamentalism[39] regards biblical inerrancy, the virgin birth of Jesus, penal substitutionary atonement, the literal resurrection of Christ, and the Second Coming of Christ as fundamental Christian doctrines.[40] Fundamentalism arose among evangelicals in the 1920s to combat modernist or liberal theology in mainline Protestant churches. Failing to reform the mainline churches, fundamentalists separated from them and established their own churches, refusing to participate in ecumenical organizations such as the National Council of Churches (founded in 1950). They also made separatism (rigid separation from non-fundamentalist churches and their culture) a true test of faith. According to historian George Marsden, most fundamentalists are Baptists and dispensationalist.[41]
 
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Thats one thing I would miss terribly if I left New Hampshire. So many are into politics that its contagious. I wasnt big into it until I moved here and then it became easy to go to town halls, debates etc. The candidates come so often that its nice. Then the next day everybody usually has an opinion. I have been to 2 debates here and they were awesome. Got to see the candidates without the cameras on.
That's great if everyone wants to participate in the discussion, can keep their perspective and believe everyone has a right to their opinions.
(problem is with those who think they have a right to their own facts)
 
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Why is it that US voters are so divided just now? The last time there was such political rancor and division was in the late '60s, early '70s, and that was over just one issue. Now, bipartisanship has gone the way of the dodo and the fiscal conservative, gone, extinct, dead. Why?

I think it is because we have so much information to choose from. We can listen to only so much, read only so much, and so we tend to pay attention to sources that confirm our biases. That solidifies our opinions and makes us believe that people with the opposite opinions are not simply misinformed, but also stupid, or perhaps evil and duplicitous.

Confirmation bias. We see it here on PHW, we see it in everyday life. If someone wears a MAGA hat, the non Trumpers don't just think, "There's someone who has the opposite opinion of mine," but all too many want to strike out verbally or even physically. We speak of fake news, of socialists taking over, of Fascism, of Communists taking over (shades of the '50s!) instead of Republicans think this, Democrats believe that. The other side doesn't just have an opposite opinion, they're evil and anti American.

Confirmation bias and too much information to process. That's the problem.
The fake news MSM is 100% responsible for the polarization you speak of.
 
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Why is it that US voters are so divided just now? The last time there was such political rancor and division was in the late '60s, early '70s, and that was over just one issue. Now, bipartisanship has gone the way of the dodo and the fiscal conservative, gone, extinct, dead. Why?

I think it is because we have so much information to choose from. We can listen to only so much, read only so much, and so we tend to pay attention to sources that confirm our biases. That solidifies our opinions and makes us believe that people with the opposite opinions are not simply misinformed, but also stupid, or perhaps evil and duplicitous.

Confirmation bias. We see it here on PHW, we see it in everyday life. If someone wears a MAGA hat, the non Trumpers don't just think, "There's someone who has the opposite opinion of mine," but all too many want to strike out verbally or even physically. We speak of fake news, of socialists taking over, of Fascism, of Communists taking over (shades of the '50s!) instead of Republicans think this, Democrats believe that. The other side doesn't just have an opposite opinion, they're evil and anti American.

Confirmation bias and too much information to process. That's the problem.
The politicians shitty rhetoric finally caught up to the for-profit talking head media, beginning with Limbaugh in the early 90's, who was the father of mass talking head blowhards. I seen this coming for almost 30 years when that shit started, when shows like Crossfire and Hannity and Colmbs went from healthy debate to celebrity ad hom delivery systems for money.
 
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