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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-16-08 11:43 PM
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11. Political polarization can bring out the best and the worst in people.
If the saying is true that politics is war by any other means, then I would say that war tends to have a corrosive effect on a person's moral code the longer the person is placed on a battlefield.

It's been over a generation since the country was torn up over big issues like war and about a generation since the economy has been as bad as it currently is.

The times are hard, so it naturally seems that the level of frustration should be high, the anger high.

But the big difference between now and then is the atmosphere of powerlessness and lack of hope that now casts a shadow over everything. We pretty much are aware that Bush and others are likely guilty of war crimes, yet nobody is listening, and nothing is being done in the halls of power in the eyes of the people.

In 2006, people destroyed the Republican majority in both chambers of Congress for a reason, but now people are wondering why the course has not yet changed, why the river still remains dammed. Many are rightly pissed. The Democrats oversold their hand in that case. If they had been more honest, would they have won as many seats as they have? I would say probably not.

This isn't the flower power generation where there was hope for change. People realize that was a false hope when they saw fellow colleagues who didn't give a damn about America except for money gain positions of power, while the good were too often beaten down in the money race or were simply killed or imprisoned on trumped up charges or red-baited as communists and politically destroyed.

There is a lot of anger that builds up, and people are going to say, "When does the greed stop? When is it my turn at the wheel?"
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