Polarizing The American Electorate
I’m sure a lot of people will be very familiar with the term “polarizing” more often than not. That’s a term that has been used many over the course of Obama’s candidacy back in 2008 and during his presidency up until now. A very thin line separates “divisive” and “polarizing”, but what people fail to point out at times is the fact that if you’re divisive, you’re most likely in control and are deliberately doing it for gains; while on the other hand, you’re totally powerless when you’re seen as being “polarizing”. Most times, this happens because of certain circumstances and of course, in Obama’s case, race is a huge factor.
The media likes to spin this as much as they like and sometimes, it’s erroneously implied that he deliberately created a polarizing figure in himself. That’s totally false! The Republicans know this problem exists and they sure take every advantage of it, which of course is expected in politics. What’s unusual is how this party uses this. The Republican party has some conservative ideologies that I connect with and appreciate; but on the flip side, they have some outrageously crazy ideologies that drive me nuts!
It remains to be seen how much longer the Republican Party will be in existence, especially with their recent loss to Barack Obama. As long as they continue to allow the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Lou Dobbs and the Tea Party to profess extremism and shape the party into that perceived to be anti-immigrant, racist and hateful; they will have a long way to go. Personally, I don’t agree with everything the President has done in the last four years, but hey, that’s what life is all about. What I find disgusting is the type of conservatism that has become the signature of this Republican party; they have become so reliant on negative enthusiasm or racial bias to win an election? In all I’ve written above, I have to acknowledge that this is not what every Republican out there is about, but it’s important for them to join in reshaping the party and bringing some sanity. Times have changed; this is no longer 1980 or 1988 when a simple war-mongering tactic could win elections – I recall I used to also get very excited whenever America was going to war with the enemy; those brainwashing hardly work these days, except for Bush Jr. whom we all know hardly won in his two elections.