Let’s talk about why…
2)Strategically curated electoral maps (Gerrymandering)
3)Changes in Campaign Finance laws
So, when Obama said we're living in "two different worlds" he was pretty accurate.
Gerrymandering’s effects on polarization are easy: eliminating the competitiveness of electoral politics by redrawing districts allows ideologues to get away with NOT having to moderate issue positions for a heterogeneous electorate.
Citizens United. Unlimited sums of money are now allowed to flow into electoral politics from corporations, unions, and individuals. And this money can become dark money (anonymous) by coming through a so-called “501c4” organization.
HINT: It’s NOT bipartisan, moderate, middle-of-the-road folks. About 99% of those funds coming from groups that are politically liberal (44%) or politically conservative (55%).
Contempt is their currency.
So these are their rhetorical tools of choice.
A powerful few who operate with cynical motives in the political establishment;
And all of this chaos is being exploited by malicious actors who want nothing more than for Western Democracy to fail.