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Scorpio
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« on: July 26, 2004, 01:26:40 pm »

My father made a comment not to long ago that he beleives the US is more divided now than it was during the Vietnam war.

I was very young during the war, and have very few memories of it so I was wondering how those who were around during those times think of that.

Or for those who are tallented in history, how the divisions of today contrast with other divisive periods of the past.



The divisions that grew in the 60's were different.

You had the Vietnam War, and the civil rights movement, and women's rights.  Lots of very partisan issues.

Today, we have instant gratification via the internet and 24 hour cable news...

With all of that in mind; I think the country feels much more divided today that ever.

My answer: The partisan differences run deeper.

People are far more passionate now, and express it.

Folks who hate George W. Bush, REALLY hate George W. Bush, there is no lukewarm here.

So, liberal folks like me will vote for anyone that isn't George W. Bush.


Also as a sidebar - I don't think there has ever been a president more dangerous at the helm than Bush.  This flavor of Republicans that's squatting in Washington D.C., are truly repugnant and evil.


They want something that isn't the America I was born in.


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Scorpio
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2004, 02:51:56 pm »

My father made a comment not to long ago that he beleives the US is more divided now than it was during the Vietnam war.

I was very young during the war, and have very few memories of it so I was wondering how those who were around during those times think of that.

Or for those who are tallented in history, how the divisions of today contrast with other divisive periods of the past.

Also as a sidebar - I don't think there has ever been a president more dangerous at the helm than Bush.  This flavor of Republicans that's squatting in Washington D.C., are truly repugnant and evil.

The 16th President was.


Lincoln?  Perhaps.


So does that mean we are destined for another civil war?  If Bush is elected, I fear that may come to pass.

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2004, 05:18:15 pm »


The divisions that grew in the 60's were different.

I think the country feels much more divided today that ever.

My answer: The partisan differences run deeper.

People are far more passionate now, and express it.

Folks who hate George W. Bush, REALLY hate George W. Bush, there is no lukewarm here.

So, liberal folks like me will vote for anyone that isn't George W. Bush.

Also as a sidebar - I don't think there has ever been a president more dangerous at the helm than Bush.  




You could substitute Richard M. Nixon for George W. Bush in the above and you would have expressed the sentiments of many people some 30 years ago. The big difference today is the lack of rioting and street protests.



I don't recall the hatred for Nixon being as passionate as the hatred of Bush.

You are correct though; the violence in the country over ideology is something we have not seen in this generation.


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