It is astonishing how divided we are as a country in regards to politics.
This is an interesting graphic from the Pew Research Center:
Personally, I don’t think we’re seeing a divide in beliefs (à la stoic vs. epicurean) as much as an increasingly spoiled population. And, while not expressed as such directly, I believe “The Coddling of the American Mind” can be seen as a treatise on the subject.
The more a child is spoiled, the more that child believes that indulgences are rights. Likewise, spoiled children are immature and prone to temper tantrums when indulgences are not maintained or taken away.
The divide in our country is not so much about left vs. right, but mature vs. immature, regardless of side. If we can be more mature, we can still disagree, but we can do so in an adult and civilized manner.
Civility. What a novel concept for civilization.