Our divide in numbers

We can all feel the growing partisan divide in our nation. And "partisan" isn't really the correct term. It's really an ideological divide that expresses itself in many ways, including politics.

The divide is evident all around us. We see it on television. We feel it in social media. It is inescapable. It seems every issue has become a "wedge" issue that divides us into two groups that are moving further and further apart.

But rarely do we get to see the divide in raw data, like we did this week...

The early polling numbers on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination put the partisan divide before us. Kavanaugh's polling numbers are bad -- nearly as bad as Judge Robert Bork who, three decades ago, was famously "borked" and failed his nomination bid. I remember the Bork confirmation process. It was ugly. It felt like an unprecedented level of partisan animosity.

+ +Our divide in numbers...

The polling numbers show that, when comparing public opinion regarding Kavanaugh and Bork, the partisan divide is more than TWO TIMES as bad today as it was during the Bork process. The gap between the net GOP support and net Democrat opposition for Kavanaugh is twice as high as for Bork. And more specifically, the net opposition against Kavanaugh by Democrats has incrased by 33% while the net support for Kavanaugh by Republicans is up 30%. From Gallup:

For Bork:
Democrats: 18% in favor, 38% opposed. Net 20% opposed
For Republicans: 48% in favor, 11% opposed. Net 37% in favor

For Kavanaugh:
Democrats: 14% in favor; 67% opposed. Net 53% opposed (net opposed increased by 33% from Bork)
Republicans: 76% in favor; 9% opposed. Net 67% in favor (net support increased by 30% from Bork)

Interpretation: our partisan divide have at least DOUBLED over the past 30 years. Both Democrats and Republicans are now TWICE as likely to be against or for Kavanaugh as compared to Bork. And I would say these numbers underestimate the actual increase in our partisan divide because at the time the Bork process pushed the envelope of a high water mark for political partisanship, while the Kavanaugh process at this point feels very normal. So our normal partisan divide is now double the former historic high.

So the question begs... can we bridge the divide? Or how can we bridge the divide?

+ + How we can bridge the divide?

We have to make peace.

Yes. Peace.

Peace with our land.

I believe that in recent decades, we have broken the basic agreement of peace we have with our land, with our nation. It bears fruit in the tone of our debates. We see it whenever a controversy erupts. And it's on full display in all the animosity over the playing of our National Anthem. The anthem debate is about more than respect. It's about a fundamental rejection of the covenant we have as a people with the land in which we live. 

I go into more detail on this in my Thriving 101 e-course. I encourage you to watch the entire series, but if you want to skip to my thoughts on this specific topic, go here.

Here at Grassfire, we will continue to press forward for issues that we believe serve the best interest of the American people and are most honoring to our frame of government. At the same time, we want to help bring perspective to these debates so you can move the discussion forward in your community.

So the next time someone complains about the bitter partisan divide in our land, tell them it's because we can't even stand for our Anthem anymore. And then explain how we need to make peace with our land first if we want to shrink the divide.

Steve Elliott


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  • Steve Sanchez
    commented 2019-07-06 13:13:48 -0400
    A true American hero. We can learn so much from this man. Rest In Peace Chris Kyle. Hollywood phonies not heroes.
  • Wayne Roberts
    commented 2018-07-24 00:55:41 -0400
    I somewhat agree with Ron Bartels, this gap you speak of is based on our divide in principles and our constitution which is being attacked. There will be no peace as long as we have those that stand against the values which this great nation was founded. And I believe that there will be a civil war which will be fought in order to bring this countries foundations back under rule. I will not leave this world if at all possible without fighting for my kids and grandkids or they will be the ones that will be hurt the most. The left is filled with immorality and hate for God which ultimately will be there downfall. Christians and conservatives need to vote for these values or it will come to war. This mid term election will tell the truth of our victory or our demise.
  • Ron Bartels
    commented 2018-07-23 18:49:46 -0400
    Regarding the question of whether or not we can resolve the cultural divide, I say it is not possible. It would be only slightly less difficult than breaking the divide between God and Satan.

    To illustrate, Jesus told the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. (Luke 16:19–31) In verse 26 Jesus says, "And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

    Jesus is describing a great divide using the King James Terminology of “Great Gulf Fixed.” The meaning is that it can’t be bridged.

    The America we used to know is no more and we shall never get her back. The Communists will never surrender their agenda and we shall never surrender our constitution, our Bibles; our firearms.

    I see the United States becoming the divided states. Some state will split along county lines but the division will not be like the civil war. We will divide into two capitals with one being Washington, DC and who knows as of yet where the other one will develop. It is going to get much more difficult before it comes to some resolution which can only be division.

    I do not expect the Commies to choose to take on the constitutionalists with instruments of war. They would stand a chance. Even Russia couldn’t help them enough to win.

    Eventually, after the constitutional Biblle carrying gun toters are caught away to be with the Lord during the coming time of great tribulation, as described in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, there will a period lasting 3.5 years before all hell breaks loose for another 3.5 years.

    After that, we which are alive with the Lord shall return with Him to serve under His Kingship for 1,000 years. Thereafter, the Great White Throne Judgment will take place. Those who are not in the family of our Lord, both the living dead and the dead of the past shall be brough forth for trial for all their many deeds. Thereafter, they will suffer the consequeces of their rebellion against the Lord and their serve to Satan.