As the American electorate grows more diverse, two nations that live side by side are increasingly walling themselves off from each other.

  • metta

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    Jul 16, 2017 4:11 AM GMT
    As the American electorate grows more diverse, and as a rising generation of millennials begins supplanting formerly dominant baby boomers, two nations that live side by side are increasingly walling themselves off from each other.

    "Nearly 59 percent of Americans - almost 187 million of us - live in counties that voted for Clinton or Trump by 20 or more percentage points. An incredible 1,559 counties gave Trump more than 70 percent of the vote in 2016, and 99 gave Clinton the same percentage."

    "Our demographics have become tethered to our partisanship in a way that wasn't the case in much of the 20th century," said Paul Taylor, a senior fellow at the Pew Research Center and author of "The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown." "It gives us the incredible ugliness of our politics in 2017."

    "In 1994, just 21 percent of Republican voters said they had a very unfavorable view of the Democratic Party. Today, that number is 58 percent. Among Democrats, the number who say they view the GOP very unfavorably has spiked from 17 percent to 55 percent over the same span.
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    Jul 17, 2017 12:07 AM GMT
    The article is too simplistic in terms of liberal, conservative, etc.., it forgets to mentioned other norms in our country that have affected the electorate- the various news organizations do not want to report- the income inequality based on current job levels or skills, the exorbitant profits that corporations are making and giving less to their workforce for pure greed, the level of education, and actual skilled jobs, the rate of inflation and how we are becoming a disparate nation in terms of more wealthy and less middle class and more poor; the exorbitant taxes we pay that goes to waste and corruption with not end in site to stop it, additional our justice system has fragmented and become politicized and not actually following the laws of the institutions in place as well as judges who rather than enforce the constitution are bought by political favors or campaign contributions; the access to housing and stopping the surge of high spike in rents which are displacing some renters which are becoming homeless because they no longer can afford a spike of rent being 150% or more which is happening in some areas of the country. Also, we are no longer a nation of manufacturing and highly skilled but more of service. We tend to only support higher education, but we do not see other strides of highly vocational areas in engineering, manufacturing, automotive, etc., where we could invest in those areas more where some students prefer to move into those areas of education rather than 4 year degree. We do not have the leadership in either party to move us to a highly skilled nation, because either party is so corrupt and sold out to their own interest and lobbyists. I do not support was occurred a couple of weeks ago with the shooting of the Republicans at the baseball game, but it shows us the sentiment of the frustration of the American people against their Senators and House of Representatives that are so out of touch with the needs of "us" - the American people. We no longer can have an honest discussion about immigration, inequality, justice, etc. because you are then labels by either party as X or Y and Anti-American, etc.
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    Jul 17, 2017 2:04 AM GMT
    One thing I do know, we as a human race will never evolve if certain people keep holding us all back (wards), you know who you are icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Jul 18, 2017 5:05 AM GMT
    Finally a Liberal idea that doesn’t SUCK’: #LibExit ad makes the rounds in social media

    So wait … let us get this straight.

    Liberals are ‘taking their talents’ and moving to Europe? This is a thing now? WHOOHOO!