One of the biggest problems facing our nation today is dissonance. We have mostly, in the past, been represented by a two party system. Now, at one of the most critical points in our history, we've become a people divided by age, race, gender, sexual preference, religion and even political stance. It's not neccessarily just Republican or Democrat any longer; there are many factors which determine our selection and when lines of distinction cross one over the other a decision is not always an easy one to make.
As if this is not enough to keep this country embroiled in bitterness we have at this time an administration whose very existance forces extemists from both parties to the surface where their hateful epithets seep into the mental fabric of our land.
A person of moderation may feel strongly about abortion based on religious grounds. This will label the person as a Right Winger, a Conservative, and whichever derogatory remark that will accompany it. This same person however, may have very strong feelings toward a womans freedom of choice. Does this individual automatically become a liberal, Lefty or whatever hate provoking term it carries? How about a man who believes that their should be no prayer or representative of religious matter in any public school or building but also swears to his right to keep firearms.
There are many people in similar situations where they are divided on the issues and, unfortunately, too many people who, rather than use their thought procceses and find a middleground, or even realize that there is such a thing, will file themselves into one particular category, closing their thought process to any issue that would create conflict in their own mind.
This, no doubt, will cause underlying confusion and automatic extreme resentment to any one who holds a different opinion than they on the one particular issue that they ponder. The result is, rather than being able to carry a meaningful discussion with someone on any issue, the person indulges in a useless diatribe. The result is that one person loses sight of the subject and enters a contest where there is no longer an issue, there is only a belligerant attack, and even though they may share same opinions on other issues, there will never be resolve, only more bitterness.
This is not an isolated problem. This administration has managed to divide this country on every level. Even many of the Republican party find themselves biting their lips over such issues as stem cell research.
The Bush Brigade began alienating most people on election day, 2000. There was a problem with the ballot in Florida, where 'W's brother officiates as Governor. Also, Katherine Harris, who was not only Bush's campaign manager but the Secretary of State of Florida, made the final decision to end a very controversial recount, putting Bush in office. These were only a couple of instigating factors.