Happy 4th of July, America. Stop letting polarization kill you.

  

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Via:  krishna  •  4 weeks ago  •  15 comments

By:   By Michael A. Cohen

Happy 4th of July, America. Stop letting polarization kill you.
In post-Trump America, political affiliation is now directly tied to life expectancy.

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As the nation celebrate its 245th birthday, it is increasingly and depressingly clear that America is becoming two very different countries: a blue one and a red one, with little in shared identity and vastly different health and economic outcomes

Polarization is not just transforming American society — it’s literally killing people.

The cleavages in American society have become so extreme that where one lives and how one votes increasingly has life and death consequences. And no recent issue better exemplifies this phenomenon than the growing red state/blue state divide over Covod-19 vaccinations. The vaccine fight, rather than an outgrowth of Trump’s divisive presidency, is just another example of how polarization is not just transforming American society — it’s literally killing people.

In June, the White House announced that the U.S. will not hit President Joe Biden’s goal of getting 70 percent of American adults to receive at least one shot of a Covid vaccine before July 4th.

So far, only 18 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have surpassed the 70 percent marker for vaccinations. They all have one thing in common: Every one of them supported Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

In the states that former President Donald Trump won, it’s a very different story. Across the South, which voted overwhelmingly for Trump, vaccination rates hover around 50 percent with two states (Mississippi and Louisiana) below that mark and three others (Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas) barely above it.

There are similarly low rates in the far west, with Idaho and Wyoming lagging behind the rest of the country..


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Krishna
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Krishna    4 weeks ago

Polarization is not just transforming American society — it’s literally killing people.

The cleavages in American society have become so extreme that where one lives and how one votes increasingly has life and death consequences. And no recent issue better exemplifies this phenomenon than the growing red state/blue state divide over Covod-19 vaccinations. The vaccine fight, rather than an outgrowth of Trump’s divisive presidency, is just another example of how polarization is not just transforming American society — it’s literally killing people.

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
2  seeder  Krishna    4 weeks ago

In June, the White House announced that the U.S. will not hit President Joe Biden’s goal  of getting 70 percent of American adults to receive at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine before July 4th.

So far, only 18 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have surpassed the 70 percent marker for vaccinations. They all have one thing in common: Every one of them supported Biden in the 2020 presidential election.

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
3  seeder  Krishna    4 weeks ago

In the states that former President Donald Trump won, it’s a very different story. Across the South, which voted overwhelmingly for Trump, vaccination rates hover around 50 percent with two states (Mississippi and Louisiana) below that mark and three others (Alabama, Tennessee, and Arkansas) barely above it.

There are similarly low rates in the far west, with Idaho and Wyoming lagging behind the rest of the country.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
4  Buzz of the Orient    4 weeks ago

Besides the ideological divide, the political divide, the racial divide, and now the medical one, IMO the only thing preventing an actual civil war in America, armed to the teeth with guns, is geographical.  Had the differences been more pronounced than neighbour to neighbour, I really believe America has the potential for another civil war.  The recent desire for whole areas to secede is a sign.

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
4.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    4 weeks ago

Well, not all the nut cases that took part in the CapitolInsurrection have been apprehended yet-- and there are plenty more out there.

And many are heavily armed....jrSmiley_5_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
Sparty On
Masters Principal
4.2  Sparty On  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    4 weeks ago

True, the signs have actually been there for some time now.   And many in government are just helping sow the seeds.

If and when it happens, it's very doubtful it will end like many here would like with less freedom and more tyranny.

There is little doubt of that.

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
4.2.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Sparty On @4.2    4 weeks ago

True, the signs have actually been there for some time now.

EXACTLY!!!! 

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Sparty On
Masters Principal
4.2.2  Sparty On  replied to  Krishna @4.2.1    4 weeks ago

Lol .... you're hanging your hat on Trevor Noah?

You are as hilarious as usual!

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
5  bbl-1    4 weeks ago

If permitted to progress untethered will the COVID have an effect of 'a cull'?  At least in certain specific locations in the US?

Polarization.  Precisely what Putin needs.

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
5.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  bbl-1 @5    4 weeks ago

Of course many of these fools (those who refuse to get vaccinated & therefore catch Covid and die) will be candidates for the Darwin Awards:

The Darwin Awards are a tongue-in-cheek honor originating in Usenet newsgroup discussions around 1985. They recognize individuals who have supposedly contributed to human evolution by  selecting themselves out of the gene pool by dying or becoming sterilized via their own actions.

The project became more formalized with the creation of a website in 1993, followed by a series of books starting in 2000 by Wendy Northcutt. The criterion for the awards states: "In the spirit of Charles Darwin, the Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives. Darwin Award winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species' chances of long-term survival."[1]

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @5.1    4 weeks ago

Up until now Darwin Awards were granted to individuals.  You that for legal claims there can be class actions, and it seems to me that these days an award should be created for a whole class of people. 

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
5.1.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.1    4 weeks ago
Up until now Darwin Awards were granted to individuals.  You that for legal claims there can be class actions, and it seems to me that these days an award should be created for a whole class of people. 

I had never thought of that-- but given the current situation, that seems like a great idea! 8-)

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
5.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  bbl-1 @5    4 weeks ago

If permitted to progress untethered will the COVID have an effect of 'a cull'? 

Definitely....

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Principal
5.3  seeder  Krishna  replied to  bbl-1 @5    4 weeks ago

At least in certain specific locations in the US?

Indeed.  In fact its now mainly spreading quite rapidly mainly in the South-Eastern states. Also in some of the redder states in the middle of the country as well .

(Although no one seems to know why that it so jrSmiley_26_smiley_image.gif )

 
 
 
bbl-1
Professor Quiet
5.3.1  bbl-1  replied to  Krishna @5.3    4 weeks ago

I have been taught through The Evangelical United Brethren that God works in mysterious ways and His reasoning is not always readily apparent.

 
 
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