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TIMELINE: America is more polarized than ever – here’s why the political divide keeps getting wider

American society has never been as politically divided as it is right now, and the gap between Republicans and Democrats is still getting wider. When it comes to issues like taxes, healthcare, immigration, foreign policy, social justice, and more, each party keeps growing more ideologically homogeneous and less willing to even consider the opposing party's views.

Back in 1994, the division between Democrats and Republicans was far less extreme and individual ideologies had significant overlap.

The average Republican was 70 percent more conservative than the average Democrat. On the flip side, the average Democrat was 70 percent more liberal than the average Republican.

But by 2017, the number of “hard-core" Democrats and Republicans nearly doubled.

The average Republican is now more conservative than 94 percent of Democrats. The average Democrat today is more liberal than 92 percent of Republicans.

“We're not just drifting apart," said Glenn on today's show. “We are now moving to the extreme edge of each spectrum."

So, when did this all start … and why?

“We are now segregating ourselves into what Pew researchers called 'Ideological Silos.' Technology has played a huge role in this," explained Glenn. “Polarization wasn't that different between 1994 and 2004; something happened in '04 that began to take our society and splinter us apart rapidly."

“The ability to tailor the content that you want to consume created 'silos' where we only hear and see one side of an argument."

The Gulf War, the reelection of President George W. Bush, and Micheal Moore's “Fahrenheit 9/11" were some significant political talking-points in 2009 — but there was one thing in particular that changed the way we learn, talk and think about our personal political veiwpoints: the advent of social media.

  • February 2004 — Facebook
  • March, 2006 — Twitter
  • October, 2010 — Instagram
  • September 2011 — Snapchat

“The ability to tailor the content that you want to consume had created 'silos' where now we only hear and see one side of an argument," said Glenn.

Watch the video clip above to get Glenn's take on our society's political polarization over the past 20 years.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
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Do you know where your water comes from? Renowned historian and conservative commentator Victor Davis Hanson gets his water from a well on his family farm. He pumps it himself. And he believes that's what more Americans need — to be grounded and stop taking so much for granted. Hanson joins Glenn to point out that this needs to happen soon, because as he describes in his new article, "The 10 Radical New Rules That Are Changing America," things are getting ... bleak. The Left is subverting the Constitution more every day. The value of the dollar is dropping. The media has fused with the radical Left. Corporations, Hollywood, Silicon Valley are all working together to increase their power and their wokeness. And academia isn't any better — as a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, Hanson has watched for himself the deterioration of constitutional rights on campus. And as a historian, he knows how all of this usually ends — and what we must do to prevent it.

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Dollar Decimation: How Biden’s Spending Spree Will End Our Currency

If it feels like the U.S. government is spending money like it's going out of style, it's because it is.

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes the TRUE state of our economy that the Biden administration doesn't want you to see. Obama kicked off a spending spree that was continued under the Trump administration, and now President Joe Biden will finally push us over the ledge with the $2.3 TRILLION "infrastructure" deal.

All signs point to a major economic disaster. And the perfect storm is brewing to convert the greenback into a new digital currency. Think Bitcoin, but with CENTRAL bank control, where we could see the end of private savings and private spending and your finances are tracked. Every time our money gets converted, your wallet will take the losses.

Watch the full episode below:

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Emotions are high and regardless of how you interpret what happened that day between Derek Chauvin and George Floyd, the wounds are deep. Politics swooped in and took an event that horrified everyone and turned it into a team sport, only deepening the divide.

Glenn joined Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night to discuss a less political way forward.

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