The political class loves to pit one class against another. It does it in rhetoric to win elections. It does it in policy to win campaign donations from and provide favors to special interest groups. Because of it, rather than a Nation united, we are a Nation divided.
Benjamin Franklin warned against it in Emblematical Representations in 1774. He wrote: “The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy.”
Today's Gallup Poll, "GOP Favorability Matches 2008 Pre-Convention Level," shows the pre-convention favorability ratings of the two Parties going back as far as 1992. For the very first time, the favorable/unfavorable ratios are now higher for the Republican Party than for the Democratic Party. For the first time ever, the Democratic favorability ratio, which has always been within the range of 1.20 to 1.56, is now below 1. It is a stunningly low .83, which is 31% lower than the prior Democratic Party low of 1.20, which was reached in 2004.
By contrast, the Republican ratio is now .88, which compares with the 2008 ratio of .80, which was that Party's lowest-ever ratio, reached at the end of the Bush Presidency.
Sensitive State -- TheDC's Will Rahn reports on the ongoings of the State Department's inanity: "John M. Robinson, the Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Department of State, wants America’s diplomats to know that common phrases and idioms like 'holding down the fort' are, in fact, deeply racist. Robinson, who also serves as director of the Department’s Office of Civil Rights, used his 'Diversity Notes' feature in the July/August issue of the official 'Slate Magazine' to examine the hateful roots of everyday sayings ... And in case you’re wondering how he could have done all the etymological detective work necessary to conclude that these phrases came from where he says they came from, and still have time to perform his Chief Diversity Officer duties at the State Department, wonder no more: Robinson doesn’t really know if any of this is true.
"An economy cannot long remain prosperous by government's taxing and spending more, now absorbing national output at a rate equal to the entire income of every American living west of the Mississippi. If this trend continues, America will gradually sink into the status of a Third World nation -- more unemployment, more shackles on production, more poverty." -- John Hospers 1918
Voted for Obama to prove you're not a racist, vote for somebody else in 2012 to prove you're not an idiot http://t.co/tvT7RCvg
"Taking a dollar from me and giving it to you doesn't create a job!" John Sykes
YES! Gallup: Democratic Favorability Falls To Lowest Level Since The Question Was Asked Beginning in 1992 http://bit.ly/TATOs7
SICK! US General 'Excuses' the Murder of US Servicemen in Afghanistan as due to 'Religious Stress'! http://bit.ly/Tzh5Lf
WOW! Fox Dumps Palin and Cancels All of Her Interviews - Romney dissing Tea Party Conservatives? http://bit.ly/Tz6dNb
Reporters In Tampa Working Hard to Cover Nonexistent Racism http://bit.ly/TwCXXn