Why are we so polarized?

Davocrat

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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 rancor is worse than it was in the 60s. That was more generationally divided. Today, we hate each other in a way that cuts across all ages, pretty much equally.
 
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Will Flacco start? I've always been a fan of his.
Joe Flacco is most definitely the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos this year. Some people are wondering why Kevin Hogan is the current backup QB. Some wonder if prized rookie Drew Lock should not be the backup------but he doesn't look ready to me, still has FAR too much to learn, as he is in a very different and vastly more complex offense than he was at Missouri. But our current 4th-string QB, Brett Rypien, just might be better than both Hogan and Lock.

Anyway, Joe is the guy until he gets injured and goes down, or starts losing game after game. If that happens, they might turn it over to Drew Lock shortly after mid-season.

But Joe looked good in his first preseason action at the Seattle Seahawks, moved the Broncos right down the field against their #1 defense, though he had to settle for a field goal when a WR dropped a pass.
 
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He was Harbaugh's Defensive Coordinator the last time the 49ers were good.

We want him back please.

Thank you in advance.

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He was also the Defensive Coordinator for the Chicago Bears last year, when they had the #1 Defense in the league. And the Bears should have advanced in the playoffs last year, and only didn't because they had a choke-artist as a field goal kicker.

Sorry. No WAY in HELL are we giving up Coach Fangio. He must might turn out to be the greatest head coach the Broncos have ever had.
 
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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.
If Rush Limbaugh is "the father of mass talking head blowhards", the guy sure had a lot of children!

Is that why Rush is so fucking FAT?
 
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The rancor is worse than it was in the 60s. That was more generationally divided. Today, we hate each other in a way that cuts across all ages, pretty much equally.
It’s hard for me to compare today with the
60s. I was living abroad 1961-1967, during my adolescence, and during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the JFK assassination, LBJ’s landslide victory in 1964, and the escalation of our involvement in Vietnam.

My family was getting US news via short wave radio, either Voice of America or BBC, depending on which network had better reception on a particular day.
 
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I'd like to see that. He's a great coach.

But Dan Reeves and Mike Shanahan left some huge shoes to fill.

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Granted. But Reeves never won a Super Bowl with the Broncos (or with Atlanta!), and Shanahan won two back-to-back in 1997-1998, but then never got back, even though he coached the Broncos for another decade. And there were so many stars on that 1997-1998 Broncos team that Shanahan deserves only some of the credit. Alex Gibbs deserves a chunk of the credit for creating what was possibly the finest run-blocking offensive line in NFL history, and Terrell Davis exploited that for a brief but Hall-of-Fame worthy career. Many folks will tell you that that team SHOULD have won three Super Bowls in a row-----their 1996 team might have been the best of all, but was shockingly knocked out of the playoffs by the upstart Jacksonville Jaguars that year, maybe because the Broncos had been resting their top players for almost a month, having clinched EVERYTHING, home field advantage and all, by about the 11th week of the season!

If Fangio wins THREE Super Bowls with the Broncos, he will be the Bronco King.
 
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Oh yeah ...

If he wins three, he's on the mountaintop with guys like Bill Walsh and Chuck Noll. And, yes, Belichick.

Lombardi and Landry only won two each.

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