Party polarization is leaving Americans with little faith in a government run by the opposition.
|Scooped by Ben Tran|
Quarter 4, Week 4 , May 5- 9
Little doubt remains that our elected officials are polarized in one way, shape or form. When it comes to what is happening in Washington, the debate isn’t about whether there is polarization; it is about how and why. However, a recent Monkey Cage post by Morris Fiorina and Sam Abrams tells a very different story about the public. They argue that ordinary Americans are not ideologically polarized. They find that ordinary Americans are not more extreme in their beliefs than they used to be. The average score Republicans gave the Democratic Party was just 18 degrees, and the average score Democrats gave the Republican Party was the same, 18 degrees. It is not that partisans love their own side’s ideas. Instead, they now deeply distrust their opponents’. As a consequence, public opinion does not encourage polarized politicians to rise above their basest instincts. Although public opinion did not create the polarization that has caused Washington to grind to a halt, it now reinforces it.
I think that our populous is a little hypocritical. Why complain about a potentially over controlling government but then lose trust in them when it is a system of conflicting ideas and values. Of course, they don't always satisfy everyone but that's a good thing. Imagine if they didn't have opposition then whatever the government wants they would get and the people would have no say. That's why having two parties with different ideas is a good thing because it's a real life. We are a divided country but until we're all okay being ruled under communism, a little fighting in our government is ok.