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If a majority of gerrymandered House Republicans keep their jobs by dishing out racial attacks on minorities outside their district, then racism will approximate pandemics: a problem conceded on holidays but left to fester. What Muslim or Asian, Indian or Filipino immigrant eagerly sign on when voices from inside discriminate and disrespect them?  

5) Regional Tectonics: We are, by religion, ethnicity, culture and politics, a split country with half dozen regions that increasingly mainly share mainly geography and history. Because unlimited corporate money efficiently captures counties and states, otherwise past centrist areas elected reactionary GOP governors who leverage divisiveness, come what may. The good news is that fanatics overplay, so for example the Republican war on women (and pregnancy) looks to boomerang, though only after causing much grief.

Can we rebuild coherence when one-third of the country stridently thrashes Constitutional abortion, voting rights, gay marriage, plus evolution and climate change, while righteously asserting the absurdity of Biblical literalism and the perfection of the "free" market system?   Can we survive House gerrymandering until after the next census, especially if the GOP captures the Senate in the next years? That will widen all growing cracks.

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For a decade, Robert S. Becker's rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, messaging and frameworks, now featured author at OpEdNews, Nation of Change and RSN. He appears regularly at Dissident Voice, with credits (more...)
 

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