Monday, October 28, 2013

Gerrymandering in the U.S. in the present

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Jonathan Kay of the National Post wrote, "America's gerrymandered primary system, which often provides a boost for the most radicalized candidates, explains much of the difference [with American politics]. In Canadian politics, comparing universal medicine to a Nazi plot gets you thrown out of the party. In the United States, it makes you the front-runner."[221] David Blanchflower of The Independent wrote, "every country is in it together. Americans sneeze and Brits catch the flu."[222] Anthony Zurcher of the BBC wrote, "For most of the world, a government shutdown is very bad news – the result of revolution, invasion or disaster. Even in the middle of its ongoing civil war, the Syrian government has continued to pay its bills and workers' wages."[223] The News writes from Mexico that American leaders "are facing the unthinkable prospect of shutting down the government as they squabble over the inconsequential accomplishment of a 10-week funding extension. It isn't serious, but it certainly isn't funny."[224]

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United States federal government shutdown of 2013
The real problem I can see with Gerrymandering to create extreme radicalized candidates like we see in the Tea party is that these candidates could lead to a civil war in the United States. It would likely not be a bloody civil war but could accidentally create something like Nazi Germany in the U.S. because of the lack of compromise necessary for a Democracy to function because the Tea Party is allergic to any kind of compromise at all. It is the extreme idealism of the tea party without ANY practicality in regard to compromise that might cause the collapse eventually of the U.S. government if people aren't very careful in the near future of the next few years. Beyond the next few years it is likely that the Tea Party will either separate from the Republican Party or the Republican Party won't be taken seriously by most American People again. One or the other of these things is likely going to happen.

For this particular 16 day shutdown it likely has already ruined the recovery for the moment and Christmas Holidays for all businesses already. So, the Tea Party is catching hell from almost all business people in the U.S. and around the world right now as a direct result. 

It will be interesting to see what happens during Christmas  through February when this short term agreement runs out regarding the budget.

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