America’s Great Political Divide-Who Blinks First & Brings Peace

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This is Christmas….and Happy New Year. Peace on earth, good will towards men (and women) yah, fat chance… fats like a fat santa kinda. This is America 2021. Cats and dogs do better than us at getting along. It’s bad, isn’t it? But is this ‘the natural order? Is this what we really want?’ A new survey says ‘no’…but…

Surprising survey numbers?

“No” is encouraging but…disturbing. USA Today reported that most Americans are tired of the political tension in the country. (Even some of us forced to participate are sick of it) 72 percent of your fellow Americans agree that lowering the temperature, decreasing hostilities, and finding positive common ground will all be good for the country. Quote from the people in the poll – The greater good would come if Americans, “ Reject political hostility and division and focus more on common ground.” So isn’t this progress already? Yes it is! 72% of us say the same! However, we also say something else the same. We are not optimistic that this will happen.

Not so much confidence in a brighter tomorrow

Come on someone should see the silver lining… You know, where does the lion lie with the lamb? With cattle friends and shepherds? (Okay, that’s two sheep references…what’s up with that?) Isn’t there hope in the polling grounds? Yes. Nine percent believe that political animosity among Americans will decrease in the next ten years. Have you heard anyone say they know how to do this? No, which is why 42% think it will get worse.

How does that look? I mean we actually used Blue & .Grey… Yankee & Reb… What’s left? Ah, left….left and right? right?

Constructive conversation as small steps forward?

However, according to a poll by Public Agenda and USA TODAY, there is some good news. About three-quarters of those surveyed said they value different political views, and 45 percent said they often or sometimes had a constructive conversation about politics with someone who held opposite views in the past 12 months.

Hmmm, is that right? Or maybe I’m more into my bubbles because of my job, but believe me, I’ll be more than happy to report on Peace on Earth. I think I know the key to peace on earth. His birthday is coming up in about two weeks. But we can’t talk about it, can we?

Among the main findings of the survey:

  • Nearly three-quarters of Americans (72%) think it would be “good for the country” if Americans rejected political hostility and focused more on areas of mutual agreement. Those who self-identify as Democrats (75%) or Republicans (80%) were more likely to agree with this view.
  • Only 9% of Americans believe that political hatred among ordinary Americans will decrease in the next 10 years. 42% think it will increase, led by Republicans and independents (46% each).
  • Four out of ten Americans (including 52% of Republicans) think it would be good if “a strong, charismatic leader would gain power who is willing to do whatever it takes to maintain control and run the country the way he thinks best.” Half (53%) that this will happen within the next decade.
  • Three out of ten Americans have “extremely unfavorable” feelings toward Republican or Democratic voters. This includes 18% who see GOP voters this way and 13% who feel the same about Democratic voters.
  • Despite the heightened political tension, most Americans reject the idea of ​​dividing the country into red and blue states with 51% saying it would be “very bad” and 19% saying it would be “fairly bad”.
  • About three-quarters of Americans say they value different political views, and nearly half (45%) say they have, in the past 12 months, often or sometimes had a constructive conversation about politics with someone with opposing views.

There were times in our country’s history when we were at war when residents were led to pray for peace. I think this is one of those times.

Merry Christmas to all.

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