Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Why Our Broken Political System Falls Prey to Right-Wing Extremism | | AlterNet

Thomas Ferguson explains how the polarization of our politics and the influx of corporate cash steer our politics to the right.

Polarization is a sharp intensification of divisions between the major political parties. The tensions between them now run through the entire system, including the Supreme Court and state and local governments.

Congressional polarization is the most visible form right now and surely a key link in the whole process. Both national parties have spent enormous amounts of time and money painting each other in the worst possible terms — to the point that some Republicans have repeatedly cast aspersions on the patriotism of the Democrats.