Tearing the country to pieces

In a post back in February, one smart blogger had it figured out.

It all reminds me of a line from a famous, or rather infamous, memo Pat Buchanan, then a White House staffer, wrote for Richard Nixon in, I believe, 1972 when their idea of the moment was what they called ‘positive polarization’.

At the end of this confidential strategy memo laying out various ideas about how to create social unrest over racial issues and confrontations with the judiciary, Buchanan wrote (and you can find this passage on p. 185 of Jonathan Schell’s wonderful Time of Illusion): “In conclusion, this is a potential throw of the dice that could bring the media on our heads, and cut the Democratic Party and country in half; my view is that we would have far the larger half.”

And there you have it. Tear the country apart. And once it’s broken, our chunk will be bigger.

The party of inclusion, indeed. All the talk now about unity and reaching out are pure BS. You can’t get the genie back into the bottle, and you can’t put Humpty Dumpty back together. It’ll be fascinating to watch the coming political drama unfold, because the US is now in uncharted territory. We really are two countries now, split right down the middle, the result of a very intentional strategy to divide us along moral/religious lines. It worked, but it’s the saddest, most terrible thing I’ve ever seen happen to America. You have 48 percent of the people shell-shocked and comatose, fearful that reason and the liberal ideals upon which this country was founded are no longer cherished, and are in fact despised by the no-longer-silent majority.

The Discussion: 3 Comments

Not so divided, after all…


November 5, 2004 @ 9:39 am | Comment

well the country is divided, and don’t kick yourself – both parties are taking advantage of it. Political strategies conform with social reality.

November 5, 2004 @ 10:21 am | Comment

Thank you for the info!

September 16, 2005 @ 2:03 pm | Comment

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