Almost everyone deplores the polarization of politics. Why can’t our national leaders set aside their partisan views and work together for the good of the country? As Samuel Goldman explains in the current issue of Reason, it is not the politicians’ fault but rather the deep disagreements within our society. We are a free country with everyone welcome and encouraged to speak their mind. This enormous diversity of thought, freely and publicly stated, at a time of a deeply polarized body politic, with each side intolerant of the basic beliefs of the other side, makes it impossible to achieve anything like a national consensus on fundamental issues.
Consider, in no particular order:
- Crime is increasing in our largest cities. The five cities (Austin, New York, Minneapolis, Seattle and Denver), all with progressive leadership, which cut police spending the most in 2020, saw murders spike over the past year. It is mainly white urban elites who are obsessed with police injustice and relatively indifferent to street violence (from which they are immune).
- Jack Philips, the Lakewood CO baker who is morally opposed to homosexuality and transgenderism, has now been hauled into court twice for refusing to bake custom cakes for a gay couple and a transgender woman. Why is the left-wing so intolerant of traditional morality that it insists on intimidating ordinary working people who refuse to kowtow to the LGBTQ agenda?
- Vice-President Kamela Harris at the border. The progressive left wants a “humanitarian” immigration policy, i.e. a southern border which is so open that almost everyone crossing illegally into the U.S. is allowed to stay. Don’t progressives realize that we can’t let everyone into the U.S? It will be impossible to solve our existing illegal immigrant problem without first closing the southern border so that future immigrant entry into the U.S. is carefully controlled.
- Voting Rights. The progressives now largely in control of Congress want a federal takeover of election procedures. This is clearly unconstitutional since election procedures are a state prerogative. The Biden Justice Department has filed suit to overturn Georgia’s new voting law which actually has no racial bias. The federal lawsuit represents preposterous interference with a basic state right.
Conclusion. These are just a few examples of how the progressive left is promoting policies and actions which fly in the face of common sense and are highly disrespectful of ordinary traditional American values. When a small minority of elites is pushing such a radical agenda, it is foolish to think that any sort of national unity can be achieved.
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Good points and analysis of the divisions in this country. And unfortunately these divisions cut across social, economic and political boundaries. Not since the Civil War have we seen such divisions that seem also to be dividing the country geographically, which is even more ominous.
You’re quite right. The political divide is also a geographical divide. The blue states are mostly coastal and the red states are mostly interior.