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Modern day America is a polarized nation, plagued by division. There are many explanations that try to fathom why America spends so much of it’s time pointing fingers but each one leads back to a group of parties and individuals. Within this group is, Former President Barack Obama, The Democratic Party, The Republican Party and the media. Out of the four previous, based on a unique short fallings and inappropriate, ambiguous behavior, The Republican Party is most responsible for the division in America. John Boehner, before he was Speaker of the House, offered his plans for Obama’s agenda: “We’re going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.”. And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell summed up his plan before Obama took office, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”. This sort of stubborn and uncooperative behavior  was a rampant virus that spread through the Republican party, and had a key role in the division of America. President Obama on the other hand was willing to work with them, “And it’s not going to be enough just to play politics. You can’t just focus on the next election. You’ve got to focus on the next generation,”. This attempt at creating a bipartisan relationship was spit on and thrown out the window by the Republican party on inauguration night. As the new President learned of his victory, top Republican lawmakers and strategists were conjuring up ways to submarine his presidency at a private dinner in Washington. For several hours in the Caucus Room (a high-end D.C. establishment), they plotted out ways to not just win back political power, but to also put the brakes on Obama’s legislative platform. They were successful in reaching both goals, forcing a political nightmare for Obama throughout his presidency  and winning back the Senate in 2014. This also created a nightmare for the people of America, because it created a even larger divide between supporters of the two parties. This divide sometimes grew to the point where Republicans would do anything to call out Obama, to keep up the assault against him. Sometimes this even validated racism against the President at political protests and events.In February 2009, Rick Santelli, a commentator on the business-news network CNBC, referenced the Boston Tea Party in his response to Former President Barack Obama’s mortgage plan. This sparked a movement within the Republican Party with near radical republican values, the Tea Party. In the beginning some of their most prominent members included Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, Michele Bachmann, founder of the Congressional Tea Party caucus, Glenn Beck, Fox News host, and Rick Santelli, presenter CNBC. To understand how these Tea Party members and Republicans created the division that haunts America, one must understand how they began. In 2008, right after the election of Former President Barack Obama the stock market plunged to an all time low. Not because of Obama but because of improper and unregulated bank processes. As a solution President Obama offered a Stimulus Package, a 400 billion dollar bailout of the banks to get the economy back on its feet. This is met by huge controversy between parties, made worse by Rick Santelli ranting on live TV, “How many of you people want to pay for your neighbors mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can’t pay their bills?” and “Were thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July, all you capitalists come down to Lake Michigan, were thinking of organizing”. These quotes marked the beginning of the Tea Party movement while also showcasing some of its radical values. Overtime the Tea Party movement has spread, during the 2010 Midterm Elections the Tea Party won 13 major seats in the US Government, mostly from veteran Republicans. Then again in 2012 the Tea Party won 16 more Senate seats. It was 2014 when they had a huge victory, in the 2014 West Virginia Congressional Election. In which Dave Brat beat House Majority leader and long time Republican Eric Cantor. As they spread through the Government they had one main goal, to oppose Obama with every seat they could. This amplified tensions even more because nothing was getting done, creating frustration throughout America. Then in the 2016 Presidential Elections, Donald J. Trump harnessed that frustration, and with Tea Party backing, won the Presidency. The Republicans were desperate to stay in power, and still are, even if it means division across America. The GOP uses desperate but effective tactics to divide and manipulate the American people. Overall, the Republicans and their behavior is most responsible for division in America. As long as Republicans leaders continue to encourage ideas of division,  it’s likely that the partisan divide will remain as entrenched as ever.


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