He is now chanting that the “extremes within our respective parties are having a louder and louder voice and demanding more attention” and “immediate action” as opposed to more “collaborative action.”
He said: “There was a time when we all got the news with the same facts, if you will,” he said. “We had three networks we watched for the evening news. Most of us got newspapers. Everybody in the middle class got a newspaper, so we got the same facts whether we agreed or not with them.”
So, essentially he thought it was a good idea that we got all our news from one source, which was the New York Times. Basically, all the three networks did was restate what was in the New York Times that morning, and that's what was referred to as news.
So he blames the lack of getting our news from one source for the partisan divide?
I was always taught to make sure "you get your news from more than one source." And what do you consider facts? You can hear a news report on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, and have it spun a different way by each of them. Is that bad? I don't think so. It assures that all voices are heard.
It's a lot better than getting the same spin, the same lies, the same bias, from every news source.
Regardless, he (Romney) thinks that the fact people today only listen to news from outlets they agree with is the cause of many republicans and democrats moving to the extremes of their respective parties, meaning conservatives and socialists.
“And I think that divisiveness is one of the things that has led to Washington having such a hard time getting things done,” he said.
First of all, I don't think Washington is having a hard time of getting anything done, and that's part of the problem. Look, they passed Obamacare without getting one republican vote. Obama got rid of the 1994 welfare reform bill signed by Bill Clinton with one stroke of his pen. He also reformed immigration, and changed Obamacare, with his pen.
So what do you need Congress for? What do you need compromise for when you can just get what you want by one stroke of the pen anyway.
What does he mean we aren't getting anything done? Obama has got pretty much everything he wanted, either through Congress or his own pen. Republicans have done nothing to stop him. He has gotten everything he wanted, and all the while people have gotten their news from all sorts of new media outlets, blogs, etc.
I think the reason for the partisan divide is because the left has moved so far to the extremes toward socialism that traditional Americans appear to be in the extremes as well. Worded another way, conservatives are your traditional Americans, and the left has moved so far to the left that traditional Americans appear to be in the extremes.
It's not that republicans have moved to the right, it's that democrats have moved to the left, and the republican establishment has walked right along with them. And traditional Americans are pissed off to see their country go kapoot because everything the left touches gets worse. That's how men like Donald Trump and Ben Carson have gained so much steam on the republican side.
Romney fails to understand that "not getting things done" is the purpose of our government. Our constitution explicitely says that Congress shall not make laws that take away natural rights. It's not the job of Congress to solve problems; it's not the job of Congress to get things done. That is the job of individuals. The people is where the solutions come from. The job of the government is to get out of the way -- to get obstacles out of the way -- as to allow individuals to prosper.
The purpose of Washington is to come up with ideas that help best allow the country to run, not to advance the left wing agenda. Mitt Romney apparently is clueless of these facts, and that's why republicans never got excited about him. He wants to go back to the days when liberals had a monopoly of the news.