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. beairdboy

    I blame Congress!!! We are no longer a Democracy.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • Charlene

      We never were. America is a republic.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Reply
      • Jeff C

        Were a republic. Now we're an oligarchy.

        June 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm |
      • Mark Baird

        Who cares what it is called we all know what he means.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:19 pm |
      • Larry L

        Go back to school. A democratic republic is a democracy.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm |
    • BobPitt

      Most Americans will mention their slogan ""United we stand"" actually is just a slogan they don't really meant it

      June 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      The two party system is at fault.

      It resembles a sporting event where there are two teams, and two sets of fans.

      Just like a sporting event, the objective in politics to extremists on BOTH sides is to DESTROY YOUR OPPOSITION.

      Work with them? Would the Yankees negotiate with the Red Sox for the outcome of the World Series?

      That is the mindset of the 20%.

      Thank God 80% of Americans (according to the article) are not so polarized that they are against both sides sitting down and working out their differences.

      After all....there is more in this country which unites us than divides us.

      PS - It seems that most of the posts on this board are from the 20% crowd!

      June 15, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Reply
      • joel bishop

        I like the way that EU politics allow for several parties to coexist. No party should ever be allowed to exceed 51% of the voter pool.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm |
    • tboneitus

      How can you blame Congress when every action is through Executive Order?

      June 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Reply
      • sadlyperturbed

        Go to Snopes. com and see what the reality is about executive orders of this administration compared to others. I think you will be surprised by the actual numbers.

        June 15, 2014 at 8:25 pm |
      • Peter

        Most actions are NOT through executive order.

        Who told you that?

        June 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm |
  2. Rudy

    There's nothing wrong with the GOP that a good culling wouldn't solve.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • HorseHockey

      What?

      June 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Reply
      • Rudy

        Eh?

        June 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm |
    • joel bishop

      considering most of you are against owning firearms for defense the only chance of that happening would be an uprising of liberals resulting in a fascist or Stalinist government that goes door to door killing all opposition. Any other option results in a blood of leftists extremists like you. We can all play nicely and revert the country from destruction by finding common ground in balanced politics but I'm afraid extremists like you and the far right are going to destabilize the country into a horrible civil war one day. People like you scare the heck out of me in terms of a stable future for everyone and you likely need to seek psychological counseling before you commit another Sandy Hook or something else like operation northwoods.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Reply
      • Rudy

        Tim McVeigh was a right wing poster boy.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
      • rl

        We are about as liberal as you can get, but since we are afraid of weapons, I dare you to come to my house and try to take over. This could be real fun. I just love to put the people who generalize where they belong.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm |
      • joel bishop

        Rudy you read only what you wanted to see.....

        June 15, 2014 at 7:20 pm |
      • joel bishop

        RL that's the exact problem I'm talking about, all you want is violence. I want peace from both sides as this accomplishes as arguing about stupid things causes nothing but destruction and loss.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:23 pm |
    • rl

      I know what you are referring to and I agree completely.

      June 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Reply
      • joel bishop

        and that's called political cleansing and is a form of domestic terrorism no different that whats going on in Iraq right now... I hope both of you end up on a no fly/terror watch list.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm |
    • Sal Voce

      Culling you say? I'm for that! Starting with Harry "cattle rustler" Reid – the guy that wouldn't pass senate spending bills which lead to the shutdown of DC; Feinstein, Pelosi, Clinton, Laughing "shotgun joe" biden, OBUMMER, Jarret(the other one responsible for shutting down washington!)....and the rest of the dolts that don't think it's important to SECURE OUR BORDERS, CREATE JOBS and BRING MANUFACTURING AND CORPORATE PROFITS BACK TO AMERICA!!!

      June 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm | Reply
      • Jay

        FOX NEWS!! BENGHAZI!!! KENYA!!!

        June 15, 2014 at 7:21 pm |
      • BobPitt

        How can you be so misinformed? It was Nixon travel to china where he sign your small manufacturing to Chairman Mao Zedong, Nixon was the one that sold manufacturing to China, in the famous 1970 trade agreement, Regan continued the program with Trickle down economy, Wall street made billions and billions, main while the middle class struggled ...

        June 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm |
      • nitherherenorthere

        "Don't confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up."

        June 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm |
  3. Dave R.

    Well, I have 2 grown sons, 42 & 39. The former is a Dem while the latter is a Rep but their parents 68 and 69 are both Dems. My Rep son and our daughter in-law respect our positions and we just don't talk politics. At the same time, while we Dems have holes in our toungues from biting them so much, our Rep friends continue to show disrespect for our positions and insist on baiting us into political arguments. I don't get it. Why can't we just agree to disagree?

    June 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • KKKawkaazhun

      you said it right there... you just don't get it!!

      June 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • HorseHockey

      Two sides to every story and knowing my mouthy democrat divisive friends I have no doubt you do plenty of your share of instigation.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Reply
      • Dave R.

        I have the same problem with Republicans. They insist on getting in "your face"/ I am sick of it. Just leave me alone. with

        June 15, 2014 at 8:02 pm |
      • sadlyperturbed

        So you couldn't even accept his tale as true? You felt the need to basically call him a liar? And you wonder what is wrong in America? Name calling has become as common as saying hello. People have the need to feel superior, so they ignore what they know is best and instead choose to call names and argue, even when the facts show they are wrong. It has become ridiculous. This goes for both sides of the aisle. Hopefully those in the middle can see reality for what it is and push BOTH extreme sides of politics out of the way and make compromises and do what is best for America, not either party in general.

        June 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm |
    • Mary

      Haven't you figured it out yet? Most Republicans are asshoIes.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm | Reply
      • Anonymous

        Actually most democrats are

        June 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm |
      • Jim

        You're right there with 'em lady...

        June 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm |
      • joel bishop

        Actually its both sides fueling the fire. listen to both sides and understand how stupid you both sound. I'm going Swiss on this one

        June 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm |
    • JEM

      In any election, those on the loosing side are forced at gunpoint to comply with the will of the winner.
      That is what makes Democracy a Democracy.

      If you want peace, Liberty, freedom or prosperity, vote Libertarian.

      Voting Democrat or Republican is simply voting to ruin what is left of what was once a great country

      June 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
      • joel bishop

        Rand/Ron Paul is our only chance at getting balance back. Sad his son is running with the red flag but he might have a chance of seeing a bipartisan voter turnout in his favor. Some thug from the left or right would have him hurt or killed before we ever see that happen though and well get stuck with christy or ted cruz or worse end up with another 8 years with Clinton in office finishing Bills work putting the nails in the USA's coffin. We all know how family dynasty's work though.... We need POSITIVE change, something Obama cant give us and refused to do.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:45 pm |
      • sadlyperturbed

        If Ron/Rand Paul are truly Libertarians, what are they doing in the GOP? They should be represented by the party they supposedly belong to. By being GOP, they show they are not what they claim to be. But they certainly hope you believe their story. If you ever want to see a Libertarian elected, they have to actually represent themselves as Libertarian. Not pretend they are part of one of the parties causing all the problems.

        June 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm |
    • rl

      I know exactly what you mean, we have the same holes in our tongues from biting them, but my younger brother, who also is the only one in his immediate family of wife and kids has no problem spouting his republicon/TB propaganda. He was a TB party member even before the party was invented. Kind of a little right than
      Atilla. the Hun. But yes they do think that it is their "right" to spout anything to anyone they want. Kind of like a political "witness of faith". Except we know which way he is going and we'll miss him.

      June 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  4. ImALadyToo

    I have to admit, I go out of my way not to engage with a Democrat, because what could we possibly have in common? I have in-laws that are Democrats, and we just have to agree not to discuss politics or religion. A couple of times when we have, it's been extremely unpleasant.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Ken

      You sound like an intolerant imbeciIe.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • BobPitt

      What about the welfare of the country?

      June 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • TiredOfPaying

      So you refuse dialoge and discussion on important topics and you wonder why you have bad conversations? If you can't find a way to logically debate the great issues and come up with a (dirty word here) COMPROMISE that moves in a positive direction how do you expect the rest of America to do so? What is your endgame if you are unwilling to hammer out deals? You just planning on waiting for the Revolution and kill all those who oppose you? Take an honest look at a disruptive policy and find a way to improve it, with gains for both sides. Otherwise, Viva la Revolution!

      June 16, 2014 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  5. Fred G. Sanford

    Has anyone ever stopped to think about the fact that this is a never-ending conversation? Obviously most people no longer believe in the Word of God, but for the few of us who remain (I know, I know, we're morons who still believe the Earth is flat..........thank you); when God changed our language, mankind scattered and has been divided ever since. We will remain that way until the world no longer exists.

    In the beginning God only created one man. Even though some of us have brown skin, pale skin, round or slanted eyes, curly or straight hair, we all have the exact same DNA. In the beginning we even all lived in the same area. You can turn this conversation into a political one, as everything eventually seems to gravitate toward anyway, but don't wrack your brain or allow yourself to be consumed by the divisions of men.

    We are a disobedient people who grow more defiant everyday and we therefore live in a society reflective of that fact.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Reply
    • Mort

      Why are you anti-Science?

      June 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • joel bishop

        let people believe what they want to believe, its not your choice to tell them to do what they can and cant say/do unless it affects you or others... Thats a dictatorship in the making.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:03 pm |
      • Derek

        Typical liberal response – if someone doesn't agree with your position then they are labelled "ANTI" something. It's getting old.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm |
  6. HorseHockey

    Yes we are it's called OBAMA Chicago politics, the politics of division and race baiting. Right out of a Chicago sewer. The most divisive leadership from behind finger pointing president in history.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • BEMHEB

      Looking at the sequence of all your replies, HorseHockey, you can easily see why Dems get so disgusted. While most everyone else on this thread is trying to act politely and conduct an adult conversation with some serious thoughts, your comments are nasty, impolitie, ad hominum, and just plain idiotic. That is not a political discussion, it is a temper tantrum. I think you need a time out.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  7. bribarian

    Liberals have gone from Tolerance to Totalitarians, and this is a mistake that is going to cost the Union.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • Alex

      Liberals only tolerate those that agree with them.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • Dave R.

        The same can be said for all the Republicans I know. They are extremely intolerant.

        June 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm |
      • joel bishop

        I hate both, find a middle ground and work an a solution instead of pushing towards a war.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm |
    • Harry

      I'm generally intolerant of low information, belligerent buffoons, i.e. YOU.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Reply
      • joel bishop

        or anyone that doesnt agree 100% with their cause. e.g. no different than islamic militants..

        June 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm |
    • Mark Baird

      Really, Listen to talk radio these days.

      June 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  8. HorseHockey

    Only three things would save our republic democracy and end the divisiveness, term limits for congress, Voter ID with a database like Mexico and Canada have had for decades and limit on ALL political donations from anyone or anything. I would like to see all donations to either party or individuals taxed like 75% ...............

    June 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • bribarian

      Voter ID would be a great idea, ask why the liberals are against this.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Reply
      • lerianis

        Why are independents against it as well? The answer is because 'voter fraud' is very very rare and all of these 'voter ID' things have a bad damned habit of keeping the poor and indigent from voting.

        June 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm |
      • amusedbyyou

        be sure that the number of guns you own is put into the same database

        June 15, 2014 at 6:49 pm |
      • joel bishop

        I don't understand why democrats are against voter ID, It in no way hurts them. A simple validation that proved you voted is only dangerous to those committing voter fraud. Its time this gets resolved. As for firearms registry I will proudly become a criminal if you all ever dare to attempt that stunt. I dont ever want you to have an ability to inventory and have the ability to confiscate my weapons.

        June 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm |
    • Mark Baird

      What does voter ID have to do with political division?

      June 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Reply
      • joel bishop

        Voter ID solves rampant fraud

        June 15, 2014 at 7:48 pm |
  9. jrutzler

    FZ, the answer is yes. Please continue to spotlight the divide. I have experienced it on a personal level.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  10. Black Man in the South

    As a black man raised in the deep South, I have grown tired of the Democrats at the national level. They support everything that I am against as a Christian. This is not the Democratic Party I grew up admiring. Lately, I have been supporting certain Republicans because they seem to have a concept of freedom, morality, and fiscal responsibility. In my opinion, the Republicans could kill the Democrats if they only knew how to sell their message of personal responsibility and freedom to a majority of black people. I know a great deal of hard working black people who would vote Republican. However, they think the Republicans are racist. If the GOP could ever get over this, the Democrats are done.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • lerianis

      You kidding? The Democrats are for freedom way more than the Republicans are and frankly you can stuff your 'morality' unless I am physically harming someone without their permission or forcing that person into something that they do not wish to do or keeping them from doing something that they do wish to do.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • Alex

      True. Liberals have told black people that they are victims for so long that many start believing it. Conservatives are often called racist by the left for disagreeing with obama or opposing policies like affirmative action. Hardworking productive black people are often ignored.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm | Reply
      • lerianis

        Alex, look at what is going on in this country today. While the blacks have it a LITTLE better than they did 50 years ago, they still are not anywhere near being treated equally to a white or Asian man.

        June 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm |
    • Gary

      You support the GOP? Please change your name to "Uncle Tom".

      June 15, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
      • Alex

        That was a racist comment and shows how liberals really feel about people that disagree with their agenda.

        June 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm |
    • Gary

      You support the GOP? Please change your name to "Uncle Tom"!

      June 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  11. Janet

    The religious kooks are certainly angry that the gays have beaten them.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  12. bribarian

    Americans are united against the libgays.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • Janet

      Case in point. Get over it; The Gays have won. You? LOST.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  13. Henry

    American society is divided along two fault lines:

    1. Racial

    2. Those who are intelligent/productive and those who are not.

    When these lines crack there will be a social eruption unseen before in human history.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • nitherherenorthere

      You mean like in the civil rights era?

      June 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm | Reply
    • TiredOfPaying

      Wrong. The divide is between the Rich and the rest of us. The 1% and the 99%. Its all about the money.

      June 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  14. 1776usa2016

    This ALL started with the advent of rightwing talk radio.

    Limbaugh would end up saying the most outlandish things and people would take it as truth.

    It wasn't truth it was entertainment meant to sensationalize and sell more advertising.

    And now all this rightwing radio nonsense has gotten to the place where it is inspiring loose cannons out there to go commit mass murders.

    .

    June 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Janet

      Wonder when another right wing loon will decide to emulate GOP icon Tim McVeigh?

      June 15, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
    • bribarian

      ya the leftist media who worship obama are perfectly innocent darlings

      June 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  15. C1001N

    It's the "news" and how we get it. In the days before news became a 24 hour grab for advertising revenue it was actually news instead of screaming "balanced" opinions. Also, we no longer get our news from a few sources. There's hundreds of choice that we can pick and choose from. Of course we only choose what we want to hear.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  16. George

    The biggest divide is along age lines and the older generations just can't change with the times.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  17. steve

    Yes it is divided and I blame a lot of it on the President. I simply can't believe a word he says. The latest is that they can't provide the IRS emails. I would think that black people would get tired of hearing about how that can't do anything without the government help. Hell, a lot of black leadership have basically said that black voters are too ignorant to get an id card. White/black or any other race, Obama has stolen all trust.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Reply
    • Chase

      Says the curmudgeon who only gets his "news" from Fox. Time for you to self deport, Grandpa.

      June 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  18. conelrad

    Our global corporate overlords spend hundreds of millions every year to divide us with polarizing issues so that we will not unite to rise up, defeat them, and restore demorcracy. We did it in 1776 and they know a united citizeny can do it again – so their strategy is divide and conquer – so we can keep arguing about gay marriage and gun control or we can unite and bring back government by and for the people. Our choice.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  19. d. lewis

    Controversy and division sells dog food, we have 24 hr. news. We have millions upon millions, maybe billions, coming in from various right wing groups, and everyone knows their jingles. The 24 hr. media doesn't really define or explain issues. I find that most right wingers can't define supply side economics, yet it's been the major economic policy of the right winger since way back to Reagan. They further can't define the Reagan revolution, they have no idea what it was about. The media doesn't get into the splaining portion of issues, only go far enough to create the controversy and augment the divisions, as they break for another dog food commercial. The media has a corporate viewpoint on all things, and likes to sell dog food, lots of it. It's probably good to have an ideology, but it helps to know what the heck the ideology is about, not just continual flying off the handle, and voting for things you know nothing about. All that corporate propaganda coming from the media just creates huge divisions, but does sell dog food.

    June 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • Norman

      Economists of various stripes all deride "Supply Side" as a lame brained cash grab by the wealthy. It's a scam that started with Reagan and his dementia addled brain and is still with us today.

      June 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  20. kael29

    Wow.. The comments on this article are a prime example of this division. Think critically people. If you can't have an intelligent and respectful debate with someone with an opposing view, you're likely not thinking critical. And that is the issue at hand. Too many people jump on the train of their respective parties and tow the line without giving their stances any thought. Not everything a Democrat does is bad, not everything a Republican does is bad. They both have their flaws and strengths.

    Our education system is clearly failing if we're not teaching these skills in school.

    June 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  21. Joe Pullman

    Yup, Partisan Terrorism. It's pathetic. And the sheep on both sides are to blame. This country will fail unless We the People wake up and realize the Criminals in DC are the blame for all the troubles this country will continue down the road of destruction. Wake up people and quit electing the same old criminal element to ruin this country. Pathetic.

    June 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  22. gahh

    A house divided, which is exactly what the Republicans want. There's a reason, the Republican Congress's approval rate is 13 percent.

    June 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  23. Mark Baird

    While the left is equally guilty now I would have to say right wing media started the crack over ten years ago when they found a money making machine in talk radio.

    June 15, 2014 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  24. Ted

    That means that 80% are still sane, and we can ship the right-left extremists to Sudan.

    June 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • obama

      thank u mr hitler. any other suggestions?

      June 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  25. obama

    The division is orchestrated

    June 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  26. 33316

    I think everyone should remember Luke 18 20-24. Comment on that.

    June 15, 2014 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • obama

      Riches... Relevancy?

      June 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  27. lardoggy

    Yes,the country is no longer one.Just read the comments and it tells the story.Sad part is,at some point the camels back will break and only god knows what will happen after that?

    June 15, 2014 at 7:09 pm | Reply
    • obama

      martial law and tyranny

      June 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      Hopefully less moronic rednecks.

      June 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  28. Mike

    I blame Fox and the racist GOP for dividing America.

    June 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Reply
    • joel bishop

      I blame the media in general. Fox (FAAAR RIGHT), CNN (left), and MSNBC (WAAAAY LEFT) are the issue. balance will only come in the form of unbiased media and reporting. that is not the case with american media and press and thats why its a sham and the laughing stock of the rest of the world...

      June 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  29. jim

    I blame the jerk in the White House and the people that voted for him...twice. He is the one saying look at the people over there. meaning... the rich..., the people who don't think gay is the right thing.... gun owners.... tea party... GOP....wall street,,,. He is saying that, and the media follows right along, like a good little boy.

    June 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • obama

      I resent that sir

      June 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      Wow...another Fox News kook.

      June 15, 2014 at 7:12 pm | Reply
  30. Jay

    How can you reason with a group that considers Sarah Palin intelligent and believes the earth to be 6000 years old?

    June 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Reply
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