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Where did this divisiveness start?

American politics is always been a contact sport. Heck, even the founding fathers didn’t agree on many things and that’s what caused the original founding party to break up but what we’re seeing today is a little bit different. It started with Richard Nixon. He learned the art of divide and conquer. He used in California politics in the late 40s and again in the 60s. He used it to get elected to Congress in the early 50s. He was able to use the Vietnam war and patriotism to get elected president in 1968. So, I can think of no better expert to talk to than Rick Perlstein, author of the book, Nixonland. It was Nixon who taught Ronald Reagan. More correctly, Ronald Reagan learned from Richard Nixon.

I decided to post my interview with Rick Perlstein, again. It seems we needed the perspective after the elder former President Bush decided to personally attack Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow. This wouldn’t be any big deal if the President wasn’t calling for civility not five minutes before attacking them. What I find most reprehensible is not that he questioned the reporting or their delivery of their commentaries or even their shows but instead it was a personal attack. “There are a couple of sick puppies.”

I think you’ll find this interview informative and enlightening. Enjoy!

By |2009-10-20T21:16:43-04:00October 20th, 2009|Party Politics|Comments Off on Where did this divisiveness start?

Clinton Invokes Assination of RFK

While Senator Hillary Clinton was in South Dakota giving an interview to the local Sioux Falls newspaper, she talked about people who were trying to push her out. She said, “My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.”

Before the North Carolina primary, a Clinton operative called me about being on my radio show. I was very happy that I was sought out. Soon, I was involved in a conversation about my blog and the things that I have written about Clinton. This Clinton operative saying that I was very harsh toward the Senator. I don’t think that I have written anything that was personal or demeaning, but I have been very critical of the way that she has run this race. Heck, to be honest, I didn’t think that she should have entered the race. I thought that she was a divisive person. I didn’t think that the country or the Democratic Party needed divisiveness. Needless to say, I didn’t get the interview.

In retrospect, I was sort of correct. Clinton did strengthen the democratic party by being in the race. I didn’t foresee that. She did prove that the American people will vote for a woman. I think that we are ready for female president. This is a great thing for America and the democratic party. However, from about mid-February until today, she has been the divisive character that I originally thought that she was. She has actually been more divisive that I would have ever imagined.

Today, Hillary Clinton has gone a comment too far. Hillary needs to drop out of the race, NOW!

By |2008-05-23T23:24:31-04:00May 23rd, 2008|Election 2008|1 Comment
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