The American Disconnect in Party Politics

Partisanship is not a new phenomenon in American politics, neither are the things that divide us: Rich/poor, black/white, young/old, red/blue. Yet there is a sense and a fear that these divisions have come to reflect cracks in the fabric of our democracy. What had previously bound us in a common ambition and outlook—a love of country based on a shared knowledge of how and why it began, an identification with an auspicious beginning that called for us to comport ourselves in the very ideals and aspirations of our founders—has been…