Most Americans say they doubt the U.S. death count – but whether they think it’s actually higher or lower depends on whether they’re Democrats or Republicans.
This may be the most jarring evidence to date about just how deeply partisanship has infected our collective ability to trust institutional sources and agree on science and facts. Axios‘s findings:
- 47% say they’ve canceled summer plans, such as camp or a vacation rental.
- 58% say they’re concerned that schools won’t reopen in the fall.
- 63% say they’re concerned about food shortages in the next month.
- One in five people say they’ve donated in the last month to charities providing food to those in need; one in 10 donated to charities helping hospitals or health workers.
What does this tell us about the two political parties in the U.S. See the breakdown between Democrats vs. Republicans:
So what is going on here? What is driving these polls? Let’s examine the narrative from the three groups of voters. It goes something like this:
If you are a Democrat – you typically trust government more than yourself. Why would the government lie to you? The Republicans are just conspiracy nuts watching FOX TV. You really have no experience or care to understand the boatload trove of Coronavirus information. Since Democrats often live for the moment, any silly notions about the future loss of civil liberties are not of concern. They live in fear.
Of course, when the loss of liberties actually come knocking on their door, Democrats change their tune quickly. Republicans enjoy exposing their hypocrisy. Here are just a couple:
- Liberal New Zealand often touted their tolerance with open borders. Now not so much – New Zealand holidays unlikely until 2021 as PM warns borders will remain closed for ‘a long time’ – click here.
- Liberal California Millennials welcome government lockdowns until they could no longer go to the beach – click here.
If you are a Republican – question the government. Mainstream media is mostly Fake News nowadays as they lost their objectivity a long time ago. Hence, the search across the internet commences in search of the truth. Every data point and nuance must be validated. And on occasion, in smaller groups, it can get absurd (5G towers are being set on fire because of coronavirus conspiracy theories) – something Democrats love to mock.
Republicans oppose the lockdowns because of the data presented does not match the government narrative – and seek redress against tyranny. Democrats then attack Republicans largely on an emotive basis – refusing even to do the minimal research to validate the narrative they are being told. Furthermore, twisting stories to make their points – Trump wants to inject bleach into people.
If you are an Independent – many believe they are threading the needle between Republicans and Democrats. They are the thinkers, absorbing information from both sides. However, the reality is that it is often the opposite. They typically are apolitical and won’t have an opinion until the last moment in the voting booth. They just don’t like controversy and labels, and hence like the label of independent – its a nice dodge.
I am struck by a quote from a famous old Hollywood socialite – Woody Allen. Perhaps early on he had some common sense. He too at one time cautioned about the overreach of government. Where is his voice now? Time and money have corroded his once-famous quote into even more Leftist hypocrisy.
“I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, its the government.”
One thing is clear as you become more Left, you want more statism – one seeks security from higher authorities. The alternative is to be a free-thinking free individual – the only way to ensure against tyranny in our lives from overreaching governments.