“[…] The country is more polarized than it’s been since the end of the Civil War. Politics’ middle ground has all but evaporated, while partisanship and tribalism has consumed American life. Two sides dominate the debate, both claiming the mantle of moral clarity in a battle against the forces of darkness.
The final prequel film, 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith” includes a line that speaks to 2017. “Good is a point of view,” Chancellor Palpatine assures Anakin Skywalker. While this line is delivered by the clear villain, the point rings true. Bad people don’t view themselves as bad.
In a 2016 Pew Study, researchers found that more than half of Republicans and Democrats say they not only disagree with the other side, but are actually frightened by them. About 49 percent of Republicans say they fear the Democratic Party, while 55 percent of Democrats fear Republicans.
Binary choices in an increasingly-polarized climate has created resentment and distrust in the system. It’s not clear if American politics is making people more extreme, or if it’s the other way around. What we do know is that in 2016 Americans ended up choosing between two of the most disliked candidates for president in our history. We’ve reached a new low in our politics, and it’s not a stretch to say most Americans probably want to do what Luke Skywalker did somewhere between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” –– walk away from it all. […]”
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