Good Day World!
As much as I'd like to pin the polarization of America on that orange anus in the White House, I have to admit it began before he slunk into office.
There was a actually a time when our political tribes were able to compromise enough to keep the government rolling along somehow.
Those days are over. The tribes have become one big toxic virus threatening democracy with daily assaults on truth, and the Constitution.
Republicans and Democrats are complicit in this deadly infection that's rotting America at it's core.
The Republicans, with a larger political megaphone under Trump, are leading the way to spreading the virus for the last three years.
Related: The Ten Causes of America's Polarization
Trump, the core of the current infection, has led a war on truth by attacking journalists that tell the truth about his activities. By calling our mainstream media Fake News he's inspired dictator's across the planet to copy him.
What concerns me the most is even if we get rid of Trump in 2020, the damage he's done will continue into the foreseeable future.
Like the Hydra in Greek mythology, you cut off one head (Trump) and there's still others to contend with.
We can't realistically count on a sudden reformation of our values, morals, and ethics with a new president in office. To the contrary, the tribes will still resist compromise because everything today has become a zero sum game.
They either win or lose. The American public is the loser as the political game becomes more intense daily with new technologies.
Related: The Constitution is Threatened by Tribalism
So what can be done to reverse this infection?
Here's a TED Talk that offers some answers:
How To Turn The Political Conversation Around
Time for me to walk on down the road...