Americans now discriminate more on the basis of party than on race, gender or any of the other divides we typically think of — and that discrimination extends beyond politics into personal relationships and non-political behaviors.” This according to a study published last year by Stanford and Princeton researchers. The divide is as fierce as it has been, since… since previous phases of the recurring American Civil War. See: http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/09/phases-of-american-civil-war.html
I found this excerpt interesting: “Also of note is that the partisan polarization occurs even though Americans aren’t all that split on policies or ideology. Their partisanship is more tribal than anything — the result of an ill-informed electorate. “In order to have an understanding of the ideology of your party and the opposing party you have to have a lot of information….”
And hence, polemicists on both sides (though one far worse than the other) strive to oversimplify and to downplay science. The article blames we, in the electorate. And sure, some fault lies there. But history tells us how our ancestors got out of similar phases, in the past. And it always took just one thing. One thing that’s needed now.
Blue America (the Union) has to wake up, get mad, win the damned thing, turn the nation back toward a scientific and calmly, can-do future… one that pragmatically negotiates, mixing a mostly decent government with even-greater emphasis on joyful-competition and self-reliance... and thus we can restore a blessed, though much-maligned word and process to our tormented land.