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Thread #98226   Message #1950620
Posted By: Little Hawk
28-Jan-07 - 03:20 PM
Thread Name: BS: Hillary is in the race for President
Subject: RE: BS: Hillary is in the race for President
But, hey, man the entire principle of a competitive 2-party system IS to polarize and divide people! That's what it's based on. It's exactly the same aggressive and divisive dynamic that drives the hype around a football game or a World Series! All their BS about "binding up the wounds" and finding consensus after a leadership campaign or an election is over is just that...total and absolute BS. They live to destroy one another. The $ySStem as it exists depends on people being polarized and divided! That's what makes good sound bites on the news. That's what employs radio talk show hosts. That's what gets headlines. That's what the sponsors want.

If you can't see this, it's because you have never really looked at the forest, being too distracted in focusing on the individual trees... (grin) I became aware of it way back in high school (in New York State) in those ridiculous student council elections which were set up exactly the way your national elections are. Two lots of "faces" are chosen, quite arbitrarily, I might add, to run "against" each other. Nobody really knows why! ;-) Everyone has to then decide who they are "for" and who they are "against", and then the nastiness begins. The nastiness was quite minor most of the time in high school, of course, but it was certainly there. They were planting the seeds that would get those young minds to go out and thoughtlessly support Democrats and Republicans for the rest of their lives...

Dianavan - You're right that it would be very difficult to get a Jew elected as Prime Minister of Canada...or a Jehovah's Witness. Both too far outside the mainstream of the majority. I think, though, that it is considered inappropriate in Canada for politicians to openly posture as "religious" to get them more votes when campaigning. That is certainly not so in the USA. That is the difference I was alluding to. Behaviour that is considered normal for a politician in the USA would be considered embarrassing and inappropriate in Canada.