What Is Actually Happening In Washington, How it Has Changed, And Why.
For years, in the political world, it was believed that, in order to get elected, candidates must offend the least number of people. It was not how many people you pleased; but, instead, victory went to the least offensive candidate. However, a new political tactic was used by the Clintons in Arkansas, and it has now permeated Washington, D.C.
This new political tactic is known as polarization. Under polarization, the candidate selects a group to become a political target. The politically targeted group is repeatedly attacked to engender anger among the group members. However, unknown to the uninitiated, the primary purpose of the attack is not to anger the target, but to secure the support of the target’s political enemies. In brief, the candidate attacks the target so the enemies of the target become the allies and political supporters of the candidate.
In other words, the tactic of offending the least number of people has been replaced with the tactic of deliberately offending a strategically targeted group of individuals. Consequently, the targeted group and their political opponents become polarized, thus justifying the term “polarization.”
I have learned over the years that you can uncover the agenda of a given politician or political group simply by observing patterns in their behavior. Their behavioral patterns offer clues to their final goal. However, what is confusing, at least on its surface, is the pattern of behavior by the Republican establishment to “crush” the Tea Party and the moral Christian majority that has been a consistently loyal constituency.
Those who follow politics have observed this baffling phenomenon within the leadership of the Republican Party. Two prominent Republicans, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and former U.S. Representative Steve LaTourette of Ohio, openly declared their intent to raise millions of dollars for the sole purpose of destroying the Tea Party, despite the fact that members of the Tea Party have been an integral part of the Republican base.
In fact, it was instrumental in giving the Republicans control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2010 mid-term elections. In addition, it is a powerful political force that again helped Republicans gain control of the U. S. Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections.