Fresno Bee in 2016, and it's perhaps even more relevant today. It talks of partisan division, which was bad then, but is even worse now. It offers a helpful solution:
Our country is seriously divided. A recent Pew Center report indicates that
we distrust and fear one another. Among committed partisans, “70
percent of Democrats and 62 percent of Republicans say they are afraid
of the other party.”
And yet, partisan hatred leaves us
unhappy. And it causes moderate people to disengage. That’s
unfortunate, since partisan rancor is curbed by the common sense of the
One solution points beyond politics to
friendship. The Pew Center report suggests that those who have a friend
in the other party are less fearful of the other party.
our polarization makes it difficult to be friendly. We do not socialize
in mixed political company. Our preconceptions are reinforced by a
closed loop of one-sided media choices and self-selected social
networks. This allows self-love to grow – and with it, distrust and
Here is a suggestion...Befriend someone from the
other party. Search for common ground. Our disagreements are nothing to
fear. We should accept them as part of human nature. And celebrate them
as a sign of our freedom.
Read the whole article here.