I was starting to really believe that America is so polarized that any chance of redemption was impossible.
My thoughts have evolved lately, recognizing that the apparent great divide in this nation is nothing more than two extreme ideologies pursued by partisan operatives.
Both have sounding boards in the media - from Fox News to MSNBC that are in a pitched battle for Americans attention.
I've talked with numerous people who are tired of the constant "us-versus-them" mentality. I've researched a number of resources that prove all Americans are not divided despite the amount of media time spent trying to convince us otherwise.
I highly recommend reading this research paper: The Hidden Tribes of America.
This report, with the input of 8,000 Americans, is the largest study ever done on polarization in our nation. You'll probably be surprised when you find out that 3 out of every 4 Americans believe that our differences can be worked out.
The research concluded that we have become a nation of tribes, with different codes, values, and even facts.
But this can change.
A majority of Americans, who the report called the "Exhausted Majority," are fed up by America’s polarization.
That gives me hope. I hope it does for you as well.
Despite Trumpism and extreme ideologies touted by the corporate owned media in this country, there are millions of Americans who still believe in unity - not division.
Time for me to walk on down the road...