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    02 Nov '18 16:02
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    "Neither party is perfect, but Republicans in Congress have been drifting towards political extremism since long before Trump, and they’re making it impossible for Congress to work the way it’s supposed to.

    Over the past few decades, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have moved away from the center. But the Republican Party has moved towards the extreme much more quickly -- a trend that political scientists’ call “asymmetrical polarization.”

    That asymmetry poses a major obstacle in American politics. As Republicans have become more ideological, they’ve also become less willing to work with Democrats: filibustering Democratic legislation, refusing to consider Democratic appointees, and even shutting down the government in order to force Democrats to give in to their demands.

    Democrats have responded in turn, becoming more obstructionist as Republican demands become more extreme.

    And that’s made it really easy for media outlets to blame “both sides” for political gridlock. As political scientists Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein explain in their book “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks,” journalists feel a pressure to remain neutral when covering big political fights. So politics coverage has been dominated by the myth that both parties are equally to blame for the gridlock in DC.

    But they’re not. And the only way to stop Republicans in Congress from continuing their drift towards the extreme is to be brutally honest about who’s responsible for breaking our politics."
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    03 Nov '18 01:05
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    fun fact, Mitch McConnell once fillibustered his own bill.
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    03 Nov '18 01:43
    "Mitch McConnel looks like all the Land Before Time characters". Gold.

    You watch ALL of the same people on YouTube that I do. Weird.
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    03 Nov '18 02:01
    @zahlanzi said
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mICxKmCjF-4

    "Neither party is perfect, but Republicans in Congress have been drifting towards political extremism since long before Trump, and they’re making it impossible for Congress to work the way it’s supposed to.

    Over the past few decades, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have moved away from the center. But the Republica ...[text shortened]... ift towards the extreme is to be brutally honest about who’s responsible for breaking our politics."
    What's impressive is that Republicans absolutely do not care that they are horrible lawmakers and obscene hypocrites. They know their president is a habitual liar and aren't bothered one bit. They know their party is full of outspoken racists, and aren't bothered one bit. As long as conservative ideology progresses, Republicans aren't bothered.

    This is what makes Republicans so dangerous. They don't suffer from that nagging urge to have morals. Democrats continue to try to be "fair" and "work together" with Republicans, and avoid factual inaccuracies, etc., etc. When an entire party and segment of the country absolutely doesn't care about slandering political opponents, media that disagrees with them, and on and on.....that makes them dangerous. Dangerous, because that lack of giving a sht makes them effective.

    You have two hit men. One objects to killing children and innocent people; he'll only take out obviously evil targets. The other doesn't give two shts, and will kill anyone. Just pay him . That second guy is a far more effective and successful hit man. That's the Republican party.
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