The current state of the political affairs in the country continues to get worse annually, as protests, riots, and marches remain heavily separated by the political affiliation of their participants. There is a strong necessity to defuse the current situation in the United States, as Republicans and Democrats continue to refuse to acknowledge any substantial arguments by the opposing side. It is essential for the government and the people to find a compromise that will allow them to defuse the situation until it grows into a conflict that might threaten the social bonds between citizens. While it is vital to understand that political polarization is a natural process, there are cases, such as the current political landscape in the country, where this notion has gone too far.
Heltzel and Laurin state that highly polarized people will “often refuse to engage with each other, reactively dismissing out of hand both potential flaws in their own views” and valid points in the opposing arguments (180). Such parties start to exhibit less and less genuine concerns regarding the future of their country and become more focused on pushing their own political agenda and attracting new people to their side.
Heltzel, Gordon, and Kristin Laurin. “Polarization in America: two possible futures.” Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, vol. 34, 2020, pp. 179-184.
Wilson, Anne E., et al. “Polarization in the contemporary political and media landscape.” Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, vol. 34, 2020, pp. 223-228.