Divided we fall

As I was letting my mind wander I cam to ponder the current dynamics of the political divide in the US. Many have observed how strong identity politics is in creating the atmosphere of “us vs them”. But I didn’t think that should override the unity of being “Americans” and working together for the betterment of the US. After all, US politics have been a turmoil of different parties since there have been US politics. Then something occurred to me. Conservatives are regularly told by their leaders that they are the “real Americans” or the “true America”, implicating (and sometimes explicating) that their political counterparts aren’t really “American”. The unity of the US as being “Americans” is then undermined. It would be an interesting thesis to research the history and effect of this specific tactic on the dynamics that are currently at play. Knowing how things go, someone probably already has.

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