Liberal Facebook, Conservative Facebook

Maybe this is one reason Americans are so divided. We seem to feel increasingly entitled to our own set of facts, not simply our own opinions, and unable to distinguish fact-based reporting from propaganda, fraudulent "news sites" and even deliberate lies. This is a very dangerous trend. None of us and no ideology is ever … Continue reading Liberal Facebook, Conservative Facebook

Famous Attack Ads Throughout Political History

Remarkably, Republican front-runner Donald Trump's campaign has produced almost no positive television advertising, other than a couple of ads featuring voters echoing Trump's mantra, "Make America Great Again," whatever that means. Beyond anger at the establishment, and rage at "political correctness" and illegal immigration, one wonders what his deeper campaign themes actually are. He brags … Continue reading Famous Attack Ads Throughout Political History

America’s Political Party System Has Been Hacked

The unexpected political events of 2016 may be explained by societal disruptions caused by a combination of new communications technologies (social media, Twitter and reality television), demographic changes (minorities become the majority; white European culture no longer dominates), economic limitations (anxiety that the American Dream is dying for the middle class), disillusionment with economic advancement … Continue reading America’s Political Party System Has Been Hacked

Republican Voter Rage May Be Fueled By Hyper-partisan Online Media

"All politics is local," Tip O'Neill famously said. But voters seem less interested in local issues than they used to, and less informed. This is not necessarily a good sign. They are no longer strong advocates for their own local interests on the national stage. Media consumption patterns have changed significantly in the last few … Continue reading Republican Voter Rage May Be Fueled By Hyper-partisan Online Media

If Trump’s Popularity With Republicans Is Real, the Party Will Split

So Donald Trump is attracting big crowds and is the leading candidate for the Republican nomination, polling 20 percent of the GOP electorate with a rude, uncivil, insulting demeanor and anti-immigrant message. Is this more than name recognition and an attraction to spectacle? Trump, if he proves to have real support beyond show business spectacle … Continue reading If Trump’s Popularity With Republicans Is Real, the Party Will Split