Friday, March 11, 2011

PoliticsUSA: American political polarization: Ethics and Public Policy Center writer says Obama polarizes us designedly

Who's Polarizing America? 
By Stanley Kurtz 
Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 

National Review Online's The Corner   
Publication Date: February 18, 2011 

American politics just keeps getting more polarized. Be assured that Obama wants it that way. I argue in Radical-in-Chief that Obama's long-term hope is to divide America along class lines (roughly speaking, tax payers versus tax beneficiaries). Obama's attack on the Supreme Court at his 2010 State of the Union address, his offensive against the Chamber of Commerce, his exhortation to Hispanics to punish their enemies, and several similar moves were all efforts to jump-start a populist movement of the left. Like his socialist organizing mentors, Obama believes that a country polarized along class lines will eventually realign American politics sharply to the left. Yet the entire strategy is based on the need for an activated, populist movement of the left. So far, Obama has failed to create such a movement. His expensive economic agenda has provoked a populist counter-movement of the right instead: Obama's nightmare.
This one deserves your attention.  Read the whole article here

I'm looking for an equally serious article explaining Obama's political strategy written on his side of the divide.  But you can view a perspective on Obama's "centrist" strategy if you click up the refWrite post yesterday, featuring Naomi Klein.  Between these two view, what woud Obama's people say to these charges?

-- Politicarp

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