Is America dangerously divided?
June 15th, 2014
03:41 AM ET

Is America dangerously divided?

By Bruce Stokes, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Bruce Stokes is director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center. The views expressed are his own.

If you thought that political polarization in America was bad, think again. Because it’s worse than you thought. And if you’re under the impression that dysfunctionality in Washington is merely a product of partisan political gamesmanship on Capitol Hill, try again. Because a new survey finds that the divisions inside the Beltway actually reflect a deep ideological divide within the U.S. public that manifests itself not only in politics, but in everyday life. Indeed, this polarization is growing – and it has profound implications for economic and security issues that affect the rest of the world.

Republicans and Democrats in the United States are more divided along ideological lines, and the resulting political acrimony is deeper and more extensive, than at any point in recent U.S. history, according to the Pew Research Center survey. And such partisanship is having a greater impact on policy because these partisans make up a larger share of the politically engaged members of their parties.

The share of Americans who express consistently conservative or consistently liberal opinions on a range of issues – on the size and scope of government, the environment, foreign policy, among others – has doubled over the past two decades, from 10 percent to 21 percent. And this shift isn’t just about one party – Democrats have been moving to the left and Republicans have moved to the right. As a result, now roughly one-in-five Americans hold either strongly liberal or strongly conservative views. Meanwhile, the percentage of the American public that takes a liberal stance on some issues and a conservative one on others has fallen from half in 1994 to 39 percent today.

This recent polarization has taken on an unprecedented personal element. Sure, Democrats and Republicans haven’t always liked each other. But today the feelings appear far more hostile. For example, 36 percent of Republicans say the Democratic Party is a threat to the well-being of the country, while just over a quarter of Democrats see the GOP as a threat to the nation.

Moreover, many Democrats and Republicans today don’t even want to associate with each other. More than six-in-ten of consistent conservatives and about half of consistent liberals say most of their close friends share their political views. People on the right and the left also say it is important to them to live in a place where most people have similar political sentiments. And three-out-of-ten consistent conservatives say they would be unhappy if an immediate family member married a Democrat (compared with almost a quarter of across-the-board liberals who voice the same concern about the prospect of a Republican in-law).

Such partisans are increasingly active in their respective parties. In 1994, just 8 percent of politically-engaged Democrats were consistent liberals. In 2014, these strong liberals made up 38 percent of party activists. Similarly, 20 years ago consistent conservatives accounted for just under a quarter of politically-engaged Republicans. Today they represent one-third.

Needless to say, such partisanship complicates political deal-making. When asked about compromise on the most important issues facing the country, consistent conservatives say that congressional Republicans should get two-thirds of whatever they want and that the White House should get only one-third. Consistent liberals are no more conciliatory: 62 percent say that in any deal between Congressional Republicans and President Obama, the White House should get two-thirds of what it wants, while the GOP should only get one-third.

Such partisanship would be political theater for the rest of the world if it didn’t have such serious policy consequences.

For a start, there’s no doubt that Republicans and Democrats typically take broadly differing stances on major international issues. Among the American public, for example, Democrats are more supportive than Republicans of both a free trade agreement with Europe (60 percent to 44 percent) and a free trade agreement with Japan and other countries around the Pacific (59 percent to 49 percent). Republicans are for their part more sympathetic to Israel than are Democrats, while Democrats are more opposed to the U.S. getting involved in the Ukraine than are Republicans. All this suggests that finding compromise will be almost as tricky on foreign policy as it is on domestic.

True, political differences are a fact of life in any country. But a deepening ideological uniformity and partisan animosity in both politics and everyday life challenges one of the premises of a functioning democracy: the ability to make decisions through compromise. The political partisanship now evident in the United States is not politics as usual. It is something different. And we should all be watching it very closely.

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  1. Carol

    Our country is divided by the increasing numbers of right wing extremists. Conservatism is not what it used to be! They prey on ignorance, fear, and cynicism. Just go to Breitbart and read some of the posts. The crackpots are rampant on that site. Just look at what Palin does. The only thing she has ever done well is fleece her rubes. She distorts the news and facts just enough to promote fear and anger.

    June 15, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Reply
    • bribarian

      Sorry Carol and other 0bamanites/libt@rds.

      Face the facts that you wanted to take a great nation and change virtually every aspect of it against the will of a lot of its people. You accomplished some of it and now there is a backlash of epic proportions.

      June 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • bribarianisatard

        do you have anything INTELLEGENT to say or are you just spewing party mantra?

        June 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm |
      • MirrorMirror

        No @bribarian. Carol has hit the nail on the head. A majority of Americans know for a FACT that you conservatards are angry because America has spoken and has elected an African American president...Not ONCE...But TWICE. Time for you te@tards to get over it.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
      • bribarian

        Yes, that must be it, not because you continue to play the racecard even to this day, maybe Americans are sick of hearing that song.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm |
      • DungBeetle

        The very use of the term "libtard" proves the point of the article.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
    • wjm980

      And here's a case in point on the ridiculous extremes each party takes. According to Carol, ALL problems are the result of Republicans.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Reply
      • Peter

        wjm980wrote: "And here's a case in point on the ridiculous extremes each party takes. According to Carol, ALL problems are the result of Republicans."

        .....and according to bribarian, all problems are cause by the left.

        Thank God 80% of Americans (according to the story) don't blame virtually every problem in the country simply on the opposing party!

        BOTH parties have a long list of screwups.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
      • MirrorMirror

        Not all...A HUGE percentage of America's problems can also be blamed on the Tea Potty.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm |
      • trialwatcher

        That is NOT what Carol said. She is saying extreme CONSERVATISM is the cause of the EXTREME divide, and "conservatism is not what it used to be" (meaning she ONCE had respect for conservatives). She did NOT SAY "ALL problems are caused by conservatives". You see.....knee jerk reactions are the CAUSE OF ALL PROBLEMS in productive discourse. Think about what you just did with Carol's comment. Are there liberals who do the same thing. Sure there are.

        June 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm |
    • VJ`

      1000% correct and election of first black democratic president.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Reply
      • bribarianisatard

        Half Black , his mother was white

        June 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm |
      • Peter

        Thank God 80% of Americans (according to the story) don't blame virtually every problem in the country simply on the opposing party!

        BOTH parties have a long list of screwups.

        BOTH of them, you mindless team cheerleaders.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm |
    • ed jennifer

      We're divided alright. Divided by that infestation of people from Mexico and other parts south and the people who really built this country. The Hispanic pesilence has got to stop. Send their brats right home, lock up and send the illegals back and fine the hell out of any compnay that hires even one of those jackals.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Reply
      • Peter

        Mexicans are not the only illegals.

        Over 20% of illegals in the USA are non-Hispanic.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm |
      • trialwatcher

        you are commenting, ranting, on the wrong article.

        June 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm |
    • Robinhood

      Its this kind of hate speech that the liberals are forcing on Americans.... This can only end in a civil war?????

      June 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Reply
      • Peter

        I hear mindless hate speech from BOTH the extreme right and extreme left.

        However, I sure see a lot of one-sided posts on this board.

        Which illustrates the story's point perfectly.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm |
    • Jim Marler

      Good post!

      June 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • Jim Marler

      Good post! The facts are clear.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • stonedwhitetrash

      B-b-but Palin is so pretty, for a right-wingnut that is

      June 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  2. charley

    Its basically a battle of 2 sides, despite what the media or even the parties themselves say. Its the industrial United States versus the intellectuals. One side is almost always on the side of big business and corporations, and oppose nearly all regulation, while the other is more interested in the well being of the people and the space they occupy. Almost every difference can be traced back to these world views. The big question is, who will win out and at what costs.

    June 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • mike

      of course the intellectuals will win. the non-intellectuals are stupid and can therefore be manipulated then defeated.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • trialwatcher

      It has been that way since our country began. You are stating the very definitions of the ideologies of both sides. That is the nature of opposing parties. The problem occurs when people stop LISTENING to the "other side" and want EVERYTHING to be their way, and have zero tolerance for "the other side".

      To paraphrase Bill Clinton at the Democratic Convention:

      We say "we are all in this together"; they say "you are on your own". Extremism, on either side, is the problem that divides all of us.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  3. Frank

    Irony. Your post is a very precise confirmation of the article.

    June 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  4. bribarian

    libt@rdism ruined the coountry. Open borders, welfare, and a general zero accountability produced a disaster. Bush holds most of the blame for ruining America's military power.

    June 15, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Reply
    • bribarianisatard

      it is Political hacks like yourself who continue to screw up this country

      June 15, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • bribarianisatard

      open borders? which republican president has done anything to close them?

      June 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • MirrorMirror

      Wrong again...Teatardism ruined this country.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  5. Teapot dome for tea bags.

    The best position is to show the republicans for what they are, so when they implode they do less damage to the country.

    Pretty much every republican administration, with the exception of Roosevelt, have been overrun by business criminals and paranoid kooks.

    Repub or democrat, truth prevails. Either way fools, running the country are disasters. Eisenhower was not a crook, but surrounded by them. Dulles, Nixon, Rumsfeld and Cheney's poison is still killing the country.

    The irony is that Lincoln started the GOP, and the democrats still have Jackson on the $20.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • wjm980

      Yet another l&b who believes every problem is caused by Republicans. You are who this article was written about.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • bribarian

      It's tragic how brainwashed CNN has made you libbabies, just reread your comment. Everything is "gop, republicans" when they have little to nothing to do with the catastrophe.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Reply
      • bribarianisatard

        Its tragic that Mor0ns like yourself are brain washed by the wealthy political party as if they will help you.
        they have done much to eliminate many rights of the people and yet bung holes like yourself continue to spread BS

        June 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm |
      • Nodack

        Democrats blame Republicans for everything wrong in the country.
        Republicans blame Democrats for everything wrong in the country.

        Same BS, different day.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
      • steve harnacvk

        The GOP has gone so far to the right that the Birchers of the 50s/60s seem quaint now. Realists haven't gotten more liberal, the center has moved.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm |
      • NHscst

        Both parties are at fault. How can you say the GOP has little or nothing to do with our troubles when it was a Republican administration that got us into the Afghanistan and Iraq mess to begin with? Be partisan...that's okay. But at least be honest with your partisanship.

        June 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
    • Charlene

      Roosevelt was a democrat...

      June 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  6. wjm980

    It's clear that there is little to nothing united about the United States anymore. People are so quick to squawk about Capitalism no longer working, why don't we admit that uniting 50 states isn't working? Another Civil War? Perhaps not, but things are only going to get worse, not better.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • nitherherenorthere

      You mean Democracy is not working; capitalism is alive and raging.

      June 15, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Reply
      • TiredOfPaying

        No, he means Capitalism and it is definately what is not working. Capitalism used to be a means by which all paricipants could get a better life. It has morphed into a means to enrich the 1% at the expense of everyone else. The old social contract where laborers worked hard and dilligently in exchange for a living wage and future success has been broken. Companies uses to show loyalty and were rewarded with loyalty. Now a company will fire a 15-year worker because they can get the job done for 1$ cheaper overseas. The issue is not Democracy; the issue is Unbridled Capitalism.

        June 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm |
  7. Tim W.

    The problem with both parties is they just want to win.....they do not care about America or the American people.....they just want to win !

    June 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • nitherherenorthere

      Yes, that seems to be true.

      June 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  8. Shawn

    And it will never change while people continue to allow a 2 party system to manipulate them into servitude. Republicans, Democrats, there is no difference. It's all part of a grand scheme to keep Americans squabbling over petty social issues while they rob our economy.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm | Reply
    • nitherherenorthere

      Agreed

      June 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  9. Robert R.

    bribarian, you must get up early to say so many stoopit things in one day.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  10. bribariantard

    Political parties have divided this nation to the point of total verbal abuse from one side or the other.

    the 2 main political parties need to be squashed before they totally screw this nation up.

    We the people need to demand that we have other political parties represent those of us who do not claim either party

    June 15, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  11. Danny

    There is no cost to high to win an election. So the nation won't exist much longer if this all keeps up... at least Exxon Mobile is getting it's billions in tax-payer subsidies, and that's all that really matters.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  12. bribarian

    Libt@rdism has basically turned a great nation into a victim race. Now we get people in positions based on how disadvantaged they were, like Obama, who is only in office because he's black, and even the libbabies know it.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Robert R.

      The real victims are Angry, Old, White Men – like you. Right?

      June 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Thunderkitten

      Jeez dude, you just say the same thing over and over. I'm attempting to read these comments and every other post begins "Libt@rds this" and "Libt@rds that." Your trolling is stinking up my reading time. Go start a blog called "LIBT@RDS!!!!" or something, or at least offer up something new. Your comments are a broken record and really boring.

      June 16, 2014 at 2:32 am | Reply
  13. Nodack

    It is a dangerous thing. Our politics dictate that in order to get votes you have to demonize the other party. FOX News came out as the official Repiblican propaganda site for Republicans. Their obvious goal is to make their viewers hate Democrats. MSNBC is the official Democrat propaganda site even though they have about five viewers.

    We make fun of all those other countries like Iraq with their Shia, Sunni and Kurds all hating each other. The Palestians hating Jews etc., but here we go intentionally trying to start a civil war in our country. It is disgusting. I am ashamed of America right now. We need to change our sayings and names to reflect the modern America. It should be the Divided States Of America. Divided we fall. Instead of an Eagle holding a group of arrows to show the strength of being united they should show two eagles fighting each other. We all need somebody to hate. We can have new holidays like national hate your neighbor day.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • mike

      couldn't agree more.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • Thunderkitten

      Actually, instead of an eagle holding arrows it should be two turkeys fighting over who gets eaten by the eagle, that would be more representational of what is going down.

      June 16, 2014 at 2:35 am | Reply
    • Evelyn Connaway

      Nodack – You are absolutely right. Thanks

      June 16, 2014 at 3:16 am | Reply
  14. Robert R.

    The Repubs are angry, old, White men. They're losing the Baby Race and they know it. They've got the wagons circled out on the plains and are shooting at the Blacks, Latinos, Women, Gays, Young and just anybody who isn't a carbon copy of themselves. Pathetic.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • bribarian

      You're a racist who hates white people. Basically what all liberals are......

      June 15, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Reply
      • Robert R.

        You give stoopit a bad name. It's yer fault stoopit people face discrimination in housing and employment opportunities.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm |
    • mike

      couldn't agree more

      June 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  15. zon

    Hogwash. People have been saying the same things for decades. Eventually, one party turns loony or corrupt enough and loses all voice in government. Like in 2008. Then that party over-reaches and the electorate pulls them back, like 2010. The majority of the voting public is moderate and that holds the country together.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  16. bobc4d

    I guess I'm in the 39% group; I am liberal on social and scientific issues, conservative on financial and military issues (retired USAF). I do not like the extremes on either side trying to bully the other with much of the middle of America caught in the cross hairs.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • TiredOfPaying

      Your position is exactly what a new party needs to embrace. If both parties were to remove social issues from their platform they could actually work on governing. But that can't happen because if you are Republican you have to be against abortion, welfare and education; while Democrats must be against guns, religious indoctrination and corporations. It seems to me that the only value in installing social issues into your party's platform is to create something that others disagree with. Personally I would like to see a less gung-ho use of our military, a removal of social issues from pollitics and less overall government. Half of what I support is pushed by the Republicans and the other half are Democratic talking points. I have no party to vote for as a result.

      June 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  17. conoclast

    We are indeed watching it very closely and what rankles is the assertion that the left and right wings are equally zealous and extreme; they are NOT. For example, there are no left-wing militias, no left-wing governors attempting to stifle voting with arcane voter-ID requirements.

    If there be a left-wing credo it could well be: "It's only called Class Warfare when we fight back!"

    June 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • bribarian

      lol all the left wing extremists are holding more power. The media is 99% left wing extremist, so are most universities, and now slowly the government.

      America has been hijacked, dont pretend to play victim, we've caught on to that game.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • steve harnacvk

        Well, since this is a representative democracy, if everything is becoming liberal it must be because that is what the people want. So now you hate democracy? I know that you only give it lip service but your real fascist is showing big time.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm |
  18. bribarian

    America is proving diversity is not really much of a strength.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • Robert R.

      Circle them wagons! White men are Gawds Best Buddies!

      June 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • mike

      bribarian is proving evolution works. bye bye to the old angry white man!

      June 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm | Reply
      • tony

        Diversity is the winning factor in Iraq

        June 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm |
    • Thunderkitten

      So... how do you propose to deal with this? Do we line up all the "dark and swarming masses" and execute them behind the shed?

      June 16, 2014 at 2:38 am | Reply
  19. Robert R.

    Look at Cliven Bundy, the Freeloading Nevada rancher, and behold Murkas future. Not!

    June 15, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  20. Robert R.

    The Future doesn't arrive riding on a Hover-round. Which is how the TeaBag Party showed up.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • FG54

      No, I think what he is afraid of is that America will look like a third world country soon, a cross between (not the most advanced areas) Africa and Latin America. In fact in many places it already looks and feels like one. Wonderful diversity = new overpopulated Babylon, where nobody understands each other and everybody hates each other more and more. 'Press 1 for English, press 2 for Spanish....press 10 for (fill in the blank) etc. You can also call that process 'Balkanization'...that's where we are all moving to and can expect similar results.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  21. Robert R.

    What bribarian is really afraid of is he thinks the Blacks will make him pick cotton when they're the majority. Or the Latinos will have him mowing their yards.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:26 pm | Reply
    • TiredOfPaying

      Good one! You may have tapped into the root Fear that makes all Republicans angry! They are afraid that the roles will be reversed and they will be the ones under the whip.

      June 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  22. krishokshamim

    we Need to take care of our own. American First. That should be our main goal and mantra.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  23. Nodack

    FOX News- "Democrats are evil. They hate America. They want to steal your rights. They are trying to take away your guns. They hate apple pie. They are all Communists. They doubled the debt, but we Republicans have never ever added to the debt. Death Panels! They love Muslims and hate Christians. They are ruining this country. Obama is a weak President on foreign affairs. Obama is a war monger. We need to buy more guns to protect ourselves from those evil Democrats. They hate business. All government is evil and needs to be eliminated. We don't need any regulations on anything. If you don't start fighting back against those evil Democrats they are going to destroy America!"

    June 15, 2014 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • Evelyn Connaway

      Hey Nodack let's not get carried away, I know it's tongue in cheek. But ignorance is an unlimited natural resource among the Fox viewers and they believe anything.

      June 16, 2014 at 3:21 am | Reply
  24. catori Shadi

    Thank you to all you brain donors on the left and on the right, for providing significant evidence that the answer to the question is YES. None of you can offer anything positive. All you can do is blame & insult each other. You are worthless and a drag on the nation. The USA would be far better off if none of you spoke again.

    If you would like to help. Find something positive to say. Find common ground, with those you normally disagree with.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • TiredOfPaying

      Fine. Let's try one topic: the War on Drugs. It has been a total failure, costs tremendous amounts of money and destroys the future employment chances (and therefore the families) of those caught with drugs. The US has only 5% of the world's population but 25% of the world's prisoners, with over half there due to the War on Drugs. Legalization and Taxation will remove the criminal element, generate funds for states instead of cartels and remove the fear of incarceration which keeps many from ever working again.

      It would seem that there are advantages in ending the Prohibition against marijuana that both parties could see. So what are the objections that keep this from happening on a bipartisan basis?

      June 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  25. TomGI

    Every American should listen to Ralph Nader's comments about the Clinton dynasty and the emergence of Hilary as the royal ruler. His case that she is owned by Wall Street and mega banks cannot be refuted. A study of her historical record proves she is loyal to the corporations, a true corporatist. Nader makes the irrefutable case that Americans get nothing from another Clinton and the corporations continue to reap the windfalls. Get on Nader's web site and listen to his NPR radio show from Saturday, 6/14.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  26. RETIRED_SEAL

    White Americans have ruined this nation.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • looknclick

      wallmart, school system and "the price is right" have ruined America

      June 15, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • ImALadyToo

      Yeah, I believe you're a retired Seal like I believe in the Easter Bunny.

      June 16, 2014 at 12:15 am | Reply
  27. davecu

    Everybody is right and no one sees a chance to negotiate.
    Obama started by passing the ACA without other input.

    Once, we were all Americans. Now we are hyphenated Americans and victims of _____ (fill in the blank)
    We now lack principles and do the easy thing rather than the right thing.
    Say ANYTHING to get the vote!
    Lie like a rug and bear no responsibilities for the consequences.
    Select what laws we will impose rather than adjust the laws we don't like because that takes work!

    June 15, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  28. krishokshamim

    Diversity will be our strength if we can kill the termite call Duel citizenship. Ban Duel citizenship. At least one parent must be a legal residence of this country in order to gain any Benefit. And speed up the immigration process.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • noone

      I'm not sure we need any more immigrants. Not that I have anything against them as they're just trying to better their lives, but 300+ million people is quite enough. The country is full, go home, sorry.

      June 16, 2014 at 10:41 am | Reply
  29. bribarian

    A big part of the issue in America that most Americans left and right will agree is Obama. He is one of the most polarizing presidents I've seen in my generation. The left says it's racism. The right says he's too much of a socialist and executive order hungry. Reaching for Americans' guns was probably a big wake up call too.

    When history looks back, I believe he will be seen as the trigger man for creating the conflict.

    June 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • looknclick

      Obama is just a talking head.

      Junior senator put into the front.

      Look for the roots.

      June 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Reply
      • bribarian

        I think he was purposely put up there to divide Americans and create what we have now. Just by the fact he doesnt tread lightly at all.

        June 15, 2014 at 5:39 pm |
    • nitherherenorthere

      Nonsense.

      June 15, 2014 at 8:53 pm | Reply
    • TiredOfPaying

      Obama has issues less than half of the executive orders than Bush the Lesser did. Try again.

      June 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  30. looknclick

    Is America intended to be dangerously divided?

    June 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Reply
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