As I drive down the streets of town I see many political signs in people’s yards. If I see a Democrat politician’s name, I am sure to see that the rest of the signs in that person’s yard are also those of Democrat politicians. The same is true for Republicans…it seems that voting for a mix of political parties just isn’t the thing to do anymore. Why is this?
It seems that citizens are forced to vote so one-sided because of what each of the two dominant political parties peddle. Democrats want to take guns away, Republicans want you to keep them, Democrats want abortion, Republicans do not want abortion, Democrats say, “believe every woman”, Republicans want to see the evidence, Democrats want higher taxes, and Republicans want lower taxes, etc. There are exceptions of course, but they seem to be fewer and farther between than in the past. It seems to me that there is simply less middle ground between Democrats and Republicans.
Whether this is due to us, as voting citizens, being highly divided or due to our politicians being highly divided remains to be determined. I see evidence for both of these possibilities, but not yet enough on either side to enable blame to be placed.
I also see that certain groups of people make a louder fuss than others. I am thinking of feminists, Muslims, the LGBTQ crowd, and anti-gunners. These groups do not represent a majority of Americans, yet we consistently find politicians caving to their demands for “rights” or “equal representation.” Both of those ultimately translate into those groups wanting preferential treatment, which is why I placed them in quotations. Is this loud, incessant and whining, uproar made by these groups pushing moderates to one side of the political spectrum or the other? I think so, and this could very well be why we see less common ground between Republicans and Democrats.
Identity politics also plays a role in this widening divide. After a mass shooting the main stream media and anti-gun activists come out, stand on the bodies of the victims, and declare that this tragedy is the fault of all gun owners. They will also indicate that lawful gun owners and the National Rifle Association are enabling these mass shootings to continue. Another arena where this type of identity politics is used is in “women’s rights.” Where women proclaim that men cannot have a say in abortion because they aren’t women or that men shouldn’t have a say in women’s healthcare at all. These types of tactics aren’t just patently inaccurate, but also polarizing to the point of causing groups to feel ostracized or cornered. Thus making them fight harder and lean into their own opinions and beliefs even more fervently than before. This, in turn, widens the gap further.
This could all be dissected on a deeper level and in more detail, but I think that would require a better mind than mine. Perhaps a more willing one as well, though you never know what I will feel up to doing at a later date. I hope this sparked some thoughts and that you wouldn’t mind sharing those thoughts in the comment section. Thank you for reading!