Money and lines behind political polarization
RALEIGH — Whenever folks begin preaching about political polarization in America, they have a tendency to focus on the symptoms.
After all, the symptoms are everywhere.
It is politicians calling each other liars or shouting each other down. It is cable TV talking heads becoming the proxies for political parties. It is former friends refusing to speak to one another.
Anyone can easily see, in conversation with friends or family, or through exchanges on social media sites, that the political divide has widened, our dialogue about politics has become more coarse.
My wife recently relayed a story in which she left a dinner table after hearing those around her begin tossing around the word "communist" as if Stalin were reborn and headed down Pennsylvania Avenue.
I'm not sure whether any of ...