View Poll Results: What political issue is the most contentious?

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  • Abortion

    18 33.33%
  • Gay marriage

    3 5.56%
  • Gun control

    2 3.70%
  • Budget/spending

    9 16.67%
  • Immigration

    5 9.26%
  • Separation of church and state

    5 9.26%
  • Taxation

    2 3.70%
  • War on drugs

    0 0%
  • Death penalty

    0 0%
  • Other

    10 18.52%
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Thread: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    Most issues boil down to whether government and legislation should enforce morals and customs that derive from religion/tradition in addition to those morals/ethics that are intended to prevent harm and are more accepted universally. That is the underlying issue behind abortion, gay rights, many education issues, sex education, drug laws and many more.

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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Race.

    Even the mention of that word causes some people to instantly run for their security blanket. And woe betide the fool who DARES to put the word "privilege" after the word "white"!
    Actually, they put it before "white." You want to see people go NUTS on the forum? Suggest that anyone but white people are racists.

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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    Elections boil down to people's pocket book.

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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    Elections boil down to people's pocket book.
    Everywhere??
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Race.

    Even the mention of that word causes some people to instantly run for their security blanket. And woe betide the fool who DARES to put the word "privilege" after the word "white"!
    Race is probably secondary after budget/spending.

    In some ways, of course, all the issues are interconnected.
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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    Quote Originally Posted by WCH View Post
    Abortion and SSM by far the most divisive.
    SSM hasn't been around for decades as Abortion is. Most of us on the pro-life side (no idea about the pro-choice side) would happily trade a full loss in the fights around SSM to win the abortion fight.

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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    The most contentious is separation of church and state (covering abortion, gay marriage, etc) though it's really the least important.

    We've got debt issues. We've got foreign policy issues. We've got domestic economics issues. Yet, all of those are constantly getting overshadowed by religious and racial issues.

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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    SSM hasn't been around for decades as Abortion is. Most of us on the pro-life side (no idea about the pro-choice side) would happily trade a full loss in the fights around SSM to win the abortion fight.
    You win the abortion fight, every time you birth a baby instead of aborting it.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    The most contentious is separation of church and state (covering abortion, gay marriage, etc) though it's really the least important.

    We've got debt issues. We've got foreign policy issues. We've got domestic economics issues. Yet, all of those are constantly getting overshadowed by religious and racial issues.
    I suspect that's because people understand religious and racial issues better.


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    Re: What is the most contentious issue in American politics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    You win the abortion fight, every time you birth a baby instead of aborting it.
    ...... I mean, sort of? You win a battle, if the child was in danger, certainly. But we're in the middle of a machinery of mass murder and while saving each individual life is important, I wouldn't call it "winning the fight" while the machine churns on.

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