Unfortunately, this is the thing that gets people riled up these days. No one wants to watch an hour long interview with two college professors who used measured language when debating. Instead we have to hear Republicans call Democrats gay socialists and listen to Democrats call Republicans class warmongers. After all, that's what plays in Peoria.
I sometimes wonder how the candidates themselves stomach this kind of stuff. Mitt Romney spent four years at Harvard, lived in Massachusetts and worked with some of the smartest people in the world on Wall Street. (Yes, they're pretty smart over there.) When idiots like this support his campaign, albeit indirectly, he must wonder what he's sunk to.
Same go for Democrats. Bill Clinton, for example, went to Georgetown, Oxford and Yale, then was a governor and president. What do you think his social circles look like? A bunch of Mitt Romneys. Calling him elitist must strike him as a bit unreasonable.
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And I might add that evolution, climate science, socialised medicine are settled issues outside Saudi / Pakistan / Congo, gay rights too.
Well, unfortunately, gay rights isn't a settled issue. Most jurisdictions in the world still do not give a recognition equal to marriage to same sex couples. In the United States, roughly half of our population resides in a jurisdiction which awards some sort of recognition to same sex couples.
I also can never really figure out why many Europeans are so troubled by our healthcare system. The simple fact is that most people have access to good healthcare. The problem lies with a sizable minority that doesn't. I can see people getting riled up about international affairs, but who cares about another country's domestic affairs unless it's truly unspeakable, like Saudi Arabia beheading gays?
After all, I pity the French and Swiss, who have banned ancient religious fashion and architectural symbols, respectively, but I don't seem as distressed as this forum's Europeans are about our healthcare. After all, the world has ~ 200 governments because expectations vary.