As Congressman David Schweikert tells us on Russell & Hunter often, 'follow the money.' Schweikert's theory on the increased polarization of American politics comes down to fund-raising.
Democrats galvanize supporters with caustic talking points. Those caustic talking points cause an emotional reaction, an emotional reaction that funds their coffers.
During the political debate about reopening schools during COVID guess what happened?
Teachers Unions donated money to Democrats. Teacher Unions and Democrats both favored keeping schools closed in favor of virtual learning.
From Roll Call:
The American Federation of Teachers' political action committee gave $1.6 million to congressional candidates and committees, including $1 million to House Majority PAC, a super PAC that boosts Democratic candidates...
The National Education Association’s PAC increased its federal donations by 38 percent, shelling out $371,000 in this year’s first quarter compared with $269,000 in the same period of 2019.
Here's how the system works.
Democrats trot out politicians on media outlets to talk about the dangers out of opening schools. The dangers weren't real. Science said children were at very low transmission rates of COVID. Science also says severe cases of COVID are extremely low in kids as well.
For the Democrats, it didn't matter.
Politics is only about winning, never about right and wrong. And winning requires money.
In this case, in order to secure funding from the Teachers' Unions, Democrats ignored the science, ramped up the fear with teachers, families, and children, only help them win elections.
That's dangerous for the Republic.