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Whose side are you on?

As I try to think and write about the polarized partisanship between Democrats and Republicans, from some third point of view, I often hear a little voice saying, “But whose side are you on, Tom?” Sometimes I have to stop and recall a crucial distinction: It is one thing to choose my own stances regarding various issues, and quite another thing to choose a strategy for promoting those stances. 317 more words


Putin is laughing

Our own polarized partisanship set us up for Russia’s interference in our 2016 elections. Our major parties had been quarreling with each other so consistently and bitterly and long that Russian agencies and agents could plan to exploit our quarrel by hacking, leaking, and tweeting. 293 more words



Some who have studied our polarized partisanship report that it has been growing and worsening for perhaps thirty years . I seem to recall that some or many Republicans were livid (furiously angry) at Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary. 171 more words


Missed opportunity

If U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously reported that another country had tried to meddle in our national elections by hacking, leaking, and tweeting, what would we expect our President and Congress to do? 320 more words


The Donald Can't be Beat: He must Self-Destruct

As long time readers likely know I don’t love the Dems, but am a Dem by default because I, for the most part, despise the Republican Party,  increasingly so since they made a pact with the devil in his earthly form of Donald Jerk Trump.   219 more words

The Presidency

The problem with "yes" and "no"

Early last week, we received a fat packet in the mail from Nielsen ratings, asking us to complete their in-depth survey of all things money-related. (And here I thought they were only about TV ratings.) 540 more words

The country is frighteningly polarized. This is why.

Wednesday’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice was a ghastly example of the political polarization that is ripping this country apart. Political scientists have shown that Congress is more divided than at any time since the end of Reconstruction. 704 more words

Washington Post

Amy Cools reblogged this on Ordinary Philosophy and commented:

An excellent piece by my favorite political commentator on the cultural and political polarization that's driving America apart, and on ill-conceived attempts by both the left and right to quash free expression they don't like.