Opinion: Deep divides are destructive to democracy

The current presidential race has shown us deep divides in American society.

Self-described conservatives and self-described liberals may live in the same country, but they do not live in the same universe.  To complicate matters, some of the ideological fault lines mirror the geographic fault lines of our past Civil War.  The South still seems to be the center for right-wing politics and the North is more left wing.

John GrecoOur current political parties fuel our political divisions.  Republicans include some people who deny science, repudiate climate change, and want the government to enforce their religious morality.

Democrats include some people who want more government programs, even as we are in debt and our current government is too big.  Both Republicans and Democrats talk about reforming our terrible tax code and working for a more equitable society, but then continue to support the current fractured system that privileges monied special interests.

Most Americans fall into a middle category where people can and do get along, even if and when they disagree.

However, our dysfunctional current two-party system has helped to create and maintain deep divides. Republicans need to wake up and understand that legislating religious morality and denying science is not conservative.

Democrats need to understand that there is nothing liberal about creating new expensive government programs when we don’t have enough money to pay for the current ones.  Both political parties need to focus on middle ground and reject extremes.

Editor’s note: Mr. Greco is a resident of Scottsdale.

 

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