Column: America is not facing a civil war — only loudmouthed extremists

Column: America is not facing a civil war — only loudmouthed extremists

U.S. Capitol Police officers stand ready for the “Justice for J6″ rally on Sept. 18. Almost no supporters of the Jan . 6 insurrectionists showed up. With an election just behind us and another beckoning a year from now, political pundits are dusting off their perennial observations about a “polarized” America. Actually, these observations don’t need to be dusted off because they’re never put on the shelf, no matter how wrong they’re proven by actual facts. The truth is that America is nothing like a polarized country. Large majorities agree on the most pressing issues of the day: They favor abortion rights, stricter gun controls and more COVID-related restrictions, especially on unvaccinated people. You might not be aware of this if you listen to programs on Fox News or even the average political commentary on our leading newspapers or CNN. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, many Republicans were behind efforts to liberalize and even decriminalize abortion…while Democrats, with their large Catholic constituency, were the opposition. There, depictions of an America wracked by irreconcilable disagreement is daily fare. But they’re not reporting a genuine schism in American politics; they’re reporting on a divide pitting a majority in broad agreement against a boisterous minority whose footprint is magnified by exploiting the platforms provided by Fox News, Facebook and other information outlets that don’t care to report facts rather than conflict, as misleading as the latter is. Sometimes you even hear the prospect of a new “civil war” being waged […]

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