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Failed President Jimmy Carter Asserts Nation More Polarized Today Than During Civil War

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Posted on November 1 2010 10:30 pm
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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If there is one point upon which conservatives and so-called liberals can agree, it is that our political discourse has become polarized to the point of dysfunction. Former President Jimmy Carter made an extraordinary statement to that effect on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Maher: President Obama? How would you rate his term so far, two years in?

Carter: I think superb, under the circumstances, because he’s inherited a political polarization in this country that’s unprecedented – I would say even during the Civil War days…

Carter wasn’t the only recent Real Time guest to make such an assertion. The previous week, actor George Clooney said effectively the same.

The trick for us is, at a time that is most politicized, more than – I think – since Lincoln, [the deteriorating situation in Sudan] is one area where we actually have an opportunity [to unite.]

With talk of nullification, secession, and “second amendment solutions” more common at this time than any other in living memory, the assertion that our political dialogue is as polarized as during the Civil War is not much of an exaggeration. The question these leftists do not answer, however, is why.

Why is our political discourse so polarized? The answer has to do with the success so-called progressives have had in eroding our constitutional federalism and replacing it with a piecemeal national socialist oligarchy.

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