I think one of the worst things that has happened in modern times in the extremisim and “team” politics that are dominant today. You are either far left or right and anything near the middle just makes both parties not take you seriously.
Why can’t a republican agree that just maybe climate change is a real thing and find a way to incentivize Big Oil even more? (Remember when Climate Chage started as a republican lead effort… times have changed indeed).
Why can’t a democract say that just maybe we need SOME level of improved checks and balances in our border security without a gazillion dollar dream wall? Why can’t a democrat agree that maybe letting non US citizens/those without an ID vote is a bad idea?
Why can’t a republican agree that maybe you cannot raise a family on $7.25 per hour while a democrat agrees that a national minimum wage of 17-20 per hour might actually force more corporate investment in automation and actually reduce the available work?
Why can’t democrats and republicans agree that the Richard Nixon created Sally Mae being privitized has caused a student loan epidemic of corruption, defaults and sky rocketing tuition costs where the borrower is usually a kid with very little financial experience or means to pay it back. Republicans do not want a socialist free college system but maybe they can agree the system is broke and find a middle ground (take Sally Mae back to being a federal program).
I know the answers to the why’s above… lobbyists, dollars, perks and payoffs, quid pro quo, constituents voting you out, etc. But all we have now is absolute extremism that I believe is very frustrating to millions of Americans who see EVERY bill, EVERY ideaology, EVERY Law challenged vehemently.
I know some issues are far less likely to find middle ground (abortion for example) but my point here is why does nearly every politician that can make any impact in the governance of our country have such extremist views?
Are the levels of identity politics in place now good for our country?
Politics has always been and will always be about different sides battling it out with vitriol… both sides have corruption and alterior motives… and I do not expect a monarchy in American anytime soon… but has politics EVER been this far from center? Is there any place for a real centrist movement in this time of pro socalisim vs extreme capitalists?