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[–]Tom_Bombadil 6 insightful - 1 fun6 insightful - 0 fun7 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

A well executed divide and conquer strategy.

[–]HopeThatHalps 5 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 0 fun6 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

IMO, it all comes down to the advent of negative campaigning

http://oxfordre.com/politics/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228637-e-51

Although only 10% of advertisements aired in the 1960 campaign were negative, in the 2012 campaign only 14.3% of aired ads were positive.

Notice in the video that the division becomes especially defined from the 1970's to the 1980's. Balkanization has become business as usual, and we wonder why the divisions have become so deep. And to add to the fun, the first amendment pretty much guarantees negative campaigning will remain prevalent.

[–]Snow 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

They know people don't really trust them, therefore they control of fear of choosing the worst person.

[–]UmamiTofu 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

People say they agree with this but when you give them an example of a relatively moderate candidate to support they come up with a bunch of excuses dismissing them for not being ideologically pure enough.

[–]Troll 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Soon there will be just one big dot, neither blue nor red.

[–]Snow 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Come on, they tried extremely hard to make you believe there is 2 big dot.

[–]wizzwizz4 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Direct video link; should be inlined. (If not, I'm reprogramming Saidit.)

Edit: Saidit reprogrammed. Should be inlined by tomorrow, if I haven't broken Saidit.