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Thanks Arizona --
Thanks for the links. Yes abortion is one of the dividing issues, and many people do not differentiate between late term abortions that are regulated, and "abortions from the day of conception"...the morning after pill. But there are other issues, and what bothers me is that if you take all the political tribalism away from the dialogue, we can probably have an honest debate. But Republicans do not want honest debate. It works to their disadvantage. They want conformance and loyalty to the tribe. They control the messaging...the propaganda.
For example, Tribe Republicans leaders have successfully conditioned the thinking of many of their tribal members from the get go that President Obama was not a legitimate president. They introduced the false idea that he wasn't born in America, that his birth certificate was a forgery, that he spent time in an Indonesian madrasa, that he was a secret Muslim with a Kenyon father and therefore was an illegitimate president. And they drove that idea relentlessly in the right wing noise machines...Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Alex Jones...day after day, week after week, month after month. The purpose, of course, was to diminish Obama's stature as being a "real American" backed up with such trivial things as not wearing a flag pin, not saluting a Marine guard, not wearing a coat and tie in the Oval office, and more.
So being anti-Obama (he is not one of us and cannot be trusted) became an integral part of the Tribe Republican group think..."if Obama is for it, we must be against it". All members must support that idea or they will be cast out of the tribe..."primaried" is the word used for getting rid of moderate tribal members in primary elections.
Having conditioned the tribe to associate the name "Obama" as having a derogatory "not one of us" meaning, they then slapped the name "ObamaCare" on the Affordable Care Act and couched it as a big government takeover of our health care system...the word "socialism" mentioned time and again.
In my home state of Colorado right now, the Koch brothers American for Prosperity, is running endless misinformation ads day after day attacking ObamaCare and Senator Udall as supporting ObamaCare. Repetition, repetition, repetition...unlimited money resources to saturate the airwaves with false and misleading ads linking Senator Udall with the "hated Obama" and ObamaCare. Democrats in other states are also running scared...not wanting Obama to show up at their events.
This is just one example of how the Tribe Republican leaders control the thinking of their tribe. And it works. Senator Udall could be ousted by the Tea Party "no abortion, no birth control, cut taxes for the rich" Tribe Republican, Cory Gardner. The polls are evenly divided.