A circular firing squad is a reference to an organization standing in a circle and shooting. Everyone gets shot. This is not a good idea. It usually refers not to actual shooting but rather the gibes and insults routinely made by people of different political persuasions.
That is precisely what the United States is doing now. This has always happened but it particularly bad now.
Some of it can be humorous. But much of it is angry and cruel and lies and divides our nation.
Our enemies of course love this. Some of them aid and abet it with sophisticated campaigns to spread disinformation.
Social media adds substantial to the level of vitriol. People post outlandish things and many people believe these things and forward them to their friends.
Another term similar to the circular firing squad is the old fashioned pissing contest. Everyone gets pissed on. Best to be avoided.
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Our country is very divided now. The right is angry with the left and the right is angry with the left.
I am disgusted by all of them. Why are we so angry?
We listen to our own media - back in the day there were only a few national TV networks and we all listened to the same political pundits. They tried hard to be fair and consider both sides of the question.
Now we choose our media - on the internet, cable, radio, etc. People listen to their favorite pundits who spend all their time yelling about the other side. The more they scream about how bad the other side is the happier their base is and the more money they collect.
And social media is terrible. I get emails all the time from people copying and pasting and forwarding the last outrage from the other side.
And our enemies love this. Watching our country hate each other. The Russians and Iranians are overjoyed. Russia spends a lot of effort stoking the anger - many of the hateful screeds you get on social media were created by them.
Is there any fix? Yes. Intelligent people should listen carefully to the arguments made by both sides. If you only listen to arguments from one side you are not very bright.
Is there any chance this will work? Not likely.
America has become Archie Bunker, without his charm and humor.
The 2020 election featured Donald Trump as the incumbent. The election was a referendum on his performance in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic and resulting economic turmoil.
The turnout was much higher in 2020 than in 2016. The "Blue Wall" States that flipped back to the Democrats were Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Two sunbelt states that are traditionally Republican, Georgia and Arizona, also went Democrat.
The election was not a repudiation of Republicans since the Republicans picked up seats in the House, although they narrowly lost control of the Senate. It was a referendum on Donald Trump.
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