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If I am understanding things, the problem is largely about tone and strength in numbers. And partisanship is like being an overzealous fan, where people only have room for their team, and the way their team sees things. Where participants are willing to be against something just because it was proposed by the opposing side, not because of the merit of the issues. Yes, I accept that this is a problem in itself, but I don’t know that it is the problem. This question is another example of the-chicken-or-the-egg. Where you might be suggesting our problems are because of, or a result of partisanship, and I am suggesting it might in effect be much worse---that our problems are about an inherently deep division and it merely represents itself with the symptom of overt partisanship. I do agree it is probable that the division is made sharper by partisanship, or it is exacerbated by the collective bargaining power and social support that a two-party political system might provide. But I think the bigger problem is that people actually do believe what they believe. And when one side is potentially guided by faith on some issues, and not reasoning, it might be incredibly difficult to get out of this impasse, because there are no logical arguments to be made.
On several issues there is unfortunately no possible compromise that wouldn’t result in a dumbing-down, or a subjectifing of things. On gay-marriage, you are either (realistically) bigoted or working from a place of faith, or you are not, because the only logical argument would be to support it. And what compromise is possible? One where the rights of people are still not equal, but might just be a little differently unequal? And where is the compromising on climate change? You either believe the evidence or you don’t. You either stick to the facts and do something about them, or you don’t. With many issues that are said to be polarizing, they are generally only polarizing because the compromise being requested is either impossible or requires one side to abandon logical arguments. And most of the issues that you can actually compromise on are arbitrary and superficial to begin with---so the resulting compromise doesn’t mean or require much.
Simply put, partisanship is not the cause of our political problems, it is the effect of them.
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