You’re probably thinking that the 2016 presidential race is quite entertaining, but also a bit scary. That it’s very diverse and yet very familiar. And that there is an element of the extreme on both the left and the right which was always in the background but has now been let loose to rampage all over the country. You’re not wrong. Ideologically, Republicans and Democrats seem to be moving further away from each other than ever before; just look at the recent clashes over issues like abortion clinics, wage hikes, the Supreme Court, gun laws, religious freedom, gay marriage, marihuana usage, racism, gender gaps and discrimination. America is divided and now its leaders are engaged in a power struggle to reshape (i.e. control) America’s constantly evolving identity. This is the reason that the two parties are finding it more and more difficult to compromise over anything – they aren’t trying to do what’s best for America, they’re trying to do what’s best for their version of America. But the question is will a red and blue tug of war just end up ripping the country apart at the seams?
From the above examples it seems polarization within Congress is getting worse. Large donors who are more politically extreme, decreasing influence on the political processes and declining swing voters are just some of the reasons for this divisive state of politics. And voters mostly tend to listen to their parties’ polarized leaders as well as ideologically-similar, agenda-driven media sources, which helps to increase polarization in voters. What’s clear is that if Republicans and Democrats continue moving in opposite directions, pretty soon they’ll be on the brink of divorce which would be a disaster for the country. What is less certain is how long it will take to get to a point where there is no possibility of meeting in the middle again.
There isn’t enough evidence to make accurate predictions about whether the two parties will be more amicable or hostile in the future, but the American public needs to shoulder some of the responsibility here, and they are clearly facing some tough choices this year. As any relationship therapist will tell you, communication is necessary and compromise vital to ensure the continuation of even the most difficult marriage. And for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, Republicans and Democrats will always be strange bedfellows. So instead of hogging the covers and engaging in pillow wars that result in broken furniture and traumatized kids, the leaders of this country should embrace their differences and build a better version of America together.
Think you know how ugly it could get? Think again. Movie for your mood: The Breakup