POL 459 Mid-Term

POL 459 Mid-Term - Nathan Hoch POL 459 Dr. Baker Mid-Term...

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Nathan Hoch POL 459 Dr . Baker Mid-Term Exam Elite polarization is a phenomenon that is occurring for a number of reasons . The causation of which can be linked to physical location of the elite’s, to the fact that more ideological donors have more of a leverage than ever before . This phenomenon is even due to the ideologies of the parties evolving over time and the organization of the parties themselves . These are some of the many aspects that play a role in the elite polarization that has occurred and is occurring amongst the political elites in our society . As will be shown the control of this polarization is outside the control of any one person or party . The fact that the members of our legislative branch seldom spend time in Washington D .C. let alone with the members of the other party is a major reason why elite polarization is happening in our government . In the Fight Club Politics article, Juliet Eilperin discussed how there was a change in Congress in the 1990’s where Congressmen and women no longer moved to Washington D .C. to live there permanently during their term. Prior to this change Congressmen and women would have regular interactions with the members of the other party and befriended them . This led to a mutual respect and friendships amongst the members of Congress . This created an atmosphere where the members of Congress could see that their counterparts were honestly pursuing what they thought was the best course of action to take . However, Eilperin states that “This sort of lifestyle disappeared in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, when GOP firebrands like Dick Armey declared themselves members of the ‘Tuesday to
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Thursday’ club and spent as little time as possible in Washington .”(Eilperin, Pg. 32) This lack of interaction between members has created a unique circumstance in Congress, one in which mutual respect and friendships with members of the other party are hard to find . When there is a lack of respect among members of other parties then an idea of superiority arises . Members no longer see that the other side is also trying to do what is right, all that crosses their minds are that their ideas are the only right ones and that the other side is trying to destroy America . This has
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2012 for the course POL 459 taught by Professor Dr.baker during the Spring '12 term at Miami University.

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