Throughout history, bipartisan politics has generated a permanent division in the United States, which has been exacerbated over time until today, when the role of the media further evidences the difference in the viewpoints of Americans.
According to a 2017 PEW Research Center survey, 5,000 American adults felt that the partisan divide on policy issues related to racial discrimination, immigration, international diplomacy, and government assistance to those in need has grown considerably since the 1990s.
Today, this bipartisan divide is most clearly seen in the mainstream media, most of them leftist, which are increasingly proving how they are dedicated to promoting a news agenda to spread progressive ideas that threaten to destroy the current values of the American nation.
In a recent opinion column, conservative lawyer and political commentator Ben Shapiro criticized New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who wrote that in Republican states the life expectancy of their inhabitants is lower than that of those citizens in Democratic states.
According to Shapiro, Krugman developed the article in connection with a critique by U.S. Attorney General William Barr of the nation’s increased mortality as a result of partisan secularization, which means the separation of government institutions from religious institutions.
Krugman points out in The New York Times opinion column that the problem is in the states that voted for Donald Trump.
“Krugman’s analysis is deeply flawed. It is flawed because it is far too simplistic. First off, states are not good proxies for political viewpoint within states, which would be far more telling: Texas encompasses both Austin and Lubbock, for example,” Shapiro said in a Fox News opinion column.
“Secondly, Krugman links 2016 voting patterns to 1990 data, but some of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic shifted over that same time frame from blue to red (for example Ohio, West Virginia and Michigan), demonstrating that voting may have resulted from distress, not the other way around,” Shapiro added.
Shapiro said that in his article Krugman implies that conservatism leads to lower life expectancy rather than accepting that people’s decision to become more conservative is due to the consequences of leftist politics.
Shapiro wrote that general trends over time suggest that low-income Americans have disproportionately fallen victim to social liberalism.
“The decline in religiosity, and the concomitant collapse of church and other social institutions have undermined precisely the same people who have been hit hard by the economy,” Shapiro said.
According to the political commentator, people on low incomes and with less access to education, who, contrary to popular beliefs, form the basis of President Trump’s support, have been the main victims of leftist policies.
Shapiro wrote in his column: “Between 1960 and 2010, the marital rate among Belmont whites ages 30 to 49 declined from 94 percent to 84 percent; the marital rate among Fishtown whites declined from 84 percent to 48 percent.”
“Similarly, single motherhood increased from 1 percent of Belmont white college-educated women in 1970 to less than 6 percent in 2008; for Fishtown women, that number skyrocketed from 6 percent to 44 percent.”
“Most tellingly, secularism increased for both groups but far less among Fishtown residents (from about 29 percent in 1972-1976 surveys to 40 percent in 2006-2010 surveys) than Belmont residents (from 38 percent to 59 percent),” he added.
Shapiro says that the incomes of people who depend on social institutions actually come at a high cost: “Good decision-making and robust social institutions have a lot to do with life success.”
“Promotion of bad decision-making and decay of key social institutions in the name of personal freedom may seem liberating to elitists like Krugman, but there are consequences for those who don’t draw six-figure paychecks from Manhattan newspapers,” he concluded.