The United States is becoming more and more polar. The root cause of this divide is simply the over-reach of government. When the government regulates everything from what you eat, see, breathe, can achieve, where you live, the cost of living, when you can legally kill a baby, or even the response to a government labeled pandemic, the citizens are forced to have very strong “political” views. However, those views are only “political” in the sense that they determine which party a person typically associates with.
Classically, political views had to do with liberalism versus conservatism, or maybe state’s rights versus federal rights. That is why individuals in their daily lives don’t have knock-down-drag-out fights and Democrats and Republicans generally get along. Working with many Democrats, I find we often see issues the same way. Recently a colleague and I found common ground over burning food in our cars. We both agree that it’s a silly practice, and if the Iowa caucus wasn’t so early, then neither of us believe we would be burning our food in our cars. We also agree that we need to take care of the environment and there is a need to continually innovate how we live to enable a more productive society. However he voted for Hillary while I voted for Trump. In an honest moment, we both admit we held our noses and pulled the lever.
What does that mean for the future of the United States? If we want political stability, we have to drastically cut government regulation, and we have to drastically change the expectations of government. We do not want the government to regulate so much of our lives. Our success is based on self-determination and self-governance.