I do not understand the enthusiasm to talk about the country's "divisions" combined with the refusal to talk about their primary cause.
One of the main reasons I'm so pessimistic about the future of this country is the complete refusal of left-wing elites to describe what is actually taking place in it.
Yes. We're not "divided." We have a two-party system in which one party has dramatically radicalized. That's it, that's the cause of roughly 90% of our political dysfunction.

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