The state of our political culture is a mess. As a former "liberal" who now feels more closely aligned with conservatives I can see things from both sides of the aisle.
Living in NYC and being an independent minded woman isn't the easiest path to walk. It took many years of building my self-esteem to be confident and not wishy washy about my feelings on political subjects in public.
What I have experienced is that the extremes on both sides, but mostly from the left, seek to demonize "the other side" and this rhetoric inflicted upon our youth has created the stupid characters and characatures like Garafalo who commit such bafoonary with hateful denograting blanket statements such as "The tea (party) baggers are just racists rednecks."
In short, we are all being used.
It's only in those extremist politicians best interests that average citizens are fighting each other and calling each other names. It's easy to shout down someone if you've already deemed them as a redneck. It gives you licence to not listen to the concerns and issues and facts of that person.
In NYC it's not hard to hear this line...and hear it with disdain: "Are you are REPUBLICAN?"
The person saying that really infers...How can you be so evil? How can you not care about poor people etc etc...
And this is what bothers me the most. Because neither side of the NORMAL AVERAGE EVERYDAY PEOPLE are listening to each other, they can not see that for the most part we all want the same things. Peace, wealth, happiness and independence.
Our disagreements lie in the HOW to get there not the desired end results.
So who is it that really wants/needs us to keep fighting each other?