The terrible, dirty, dark secret of the two-party system is this: It forces every single issue to be on one side of the aisle or the other, allowing for very little compromise, and fueling the angst-machine of the mainstream media.
We see it night in and night out on cable news: Hosts who purposely enrage us, (either against them or their political opposites), for the sake of keeping our attention through the commercial breaks.
Now, all of this unhealthy political behavior is coming home to roost, and our nation is growing unfathomably divided.
A new poll from the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics finds a majority of Americans think the government is corrupt and stacked against them.
To probably no one’s surprise, 73 percent of poll respondents who identify as “strong Republican” respondents agreed with the statement that the government is “corrupt and rigged against everyday people like me.” But Republicans are far from alone in this sentiment. Fifty-one percent of “very liberal” voters agreed with the same statement.Trending:
Overall, 56 percent of survey respondents said that the government is corrupt. This included 66 percent of all Republican respondents, 63 percent of independents, and 46 percent of Democrats.
If you found those numbers staggering, just take a look at this:
The survey of 1,000 registered voters found that a significant number of people expect that extreme measures may be necessary to protect against government overreach. 28 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that “it may be necessary at some point soon for citizens to take up arms against the government.” Thirty-six percent of Republicans, 35 percent of independents, and 20 percent of Democrats agreed.
If we don’t turn off the television, we may just start turning on one another.