Today Obama stated that we are currently in a hyper-partisan country. Do you think the political climate in the US is a reflection of the things he did (or failed to do) as president?
Look at the right-wing lemmings run!
Yes. He was one of the most divisive presidents in American history.
To a great extent - yes. But I would also give A LOT of credit to Clinton, her rigging of the primaries, and her countless scandals - which were more than just "a vast right-wring conspiracy."
Farther back than that. It's been brewing for ages.
Just like other two-term presidents (Reagan Clinton and Bush)... the state of our nation by every measurement will be a reflection of Obama's leadership while he was in office. He gets the credit and the blame for the GDP, the deficit, unemployment, military actions, crime rates AND... overall political climate.
Yes, but not just him. We are genuinely divided on issues like abortion, gay marriage, and capitalism. He just exacerbated the ill will.
His actions and attitudes are directly responsible for the current divisive climate. He needed an attitude adjustment in 2008 and never got one. On top of which he was so cocky he thought he walked on water and could do no wrong. Unfortunately the professor needed schooling but doesn't like being a student.
Okie wouldn't ya say that republicans and democrats have historically always been pretty divided on the issues tho? I would say that there's more to this polarization than just disagreeing ideologically
No. There was a time until the mid 60s when both parties opposed abortion and both opposed gay marriage. There was near universal harmony on those issues.
The extremes on the left and the right have never been so far apart in our history except on the issue of slavery. In 1960 both parties solidly opposed both abortion and gay marriage. There wasn't even a recognizable, nascent movement to legalize either one. Over the years he democrats have departed from their original positions on these issues and have gone far left. People say the Repubs have moved right, but it's more accurate to say they've stood still.
Agree. As a matter of fact most historians will tell you that they believe that JFK would not be a Democrat today because they have moved so far left.
Interesting outtake...I still feel like the divisiveness within the issues must of fueled from somewhere...do u think it's possible the attitudes each party held for one another changed, therefore creating this division of issues? Why all the sudden they disagree on everything??
Sexual revolution of the 60s. Yesteryear's hippies are now presidents, congressmen, heads of industry, and journalists.
I believe identity politics has a lot to do with the feud
Yeah I agree with ya there lj
100% fueled by media, starting with Fox News...it's amazing how effective their strategy has been. MSNBC is making an attempt to copycat the Fox platform, but they simply can't replicate their success
I believe Obama needs to take responsibility for his own messes
Politicians on both sides fueled by the media
"You MADE us hate you and refuse to compromise"