What is wrong with American politics in the 21st century?
The Pew Research Center's largest political survey in history found Democrats and Republicans, both the public and elected officials, further apart ideologically than at any other time in history. This gap is reflected in our personal lives and in the lifestyles of the so-called right and left, creating a political and social polarization.
Wikipedia explains "political polarization" as situations where an individual's stance on an issue, policy or person is defined by his or her identity with a political party. Further, this bias becomes a one-sided view. Refusing to consider the merits of an alternative point of view has produced our current government paralysis.
Peoplespress.com says this polarization in politics and society has resulted in a decrease in the overlap of understanding between the two parties, thus damaging progress. Moderation and cooperation are becoming a lost art, with society the loser. Until we understand that no one party has all the answers and that compromise and diplomacy are tools for positive action, we will continue to suffer.
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As citizens and as individuals, we must not be so enamored with party identity alone. Don't become just a label, connecting you to a party. Encourage bipartisan dialogue and negotiation among our leaders by being vocal and vigilant and using common sense, setting an example for Washington to follow.
We will deserve what we get.