WHY IS THERE NO COMPROMISE IN THE POLITICAL ARENA TODAY? ARE WE REALLY SO POLARIZED?
A political party represents a set of core beliefs. Members are expected to accept these beliefs and use them in the voting process.
The Republican Party believes in “freedom,” “personal responsibility” and “private enterprise” as absolutes. The Democratic Party believes in “caring for others” and an “active government to correct problems.” Obviously these two belief systems conflict and this explains why the two-party gridlock situation persists.
- What happened to compromise? [SEERSUCKER]
- Political dissatisfaction unproductive [Collegiate Times]
- The Case for Compromise [Harvard Magazine]
- What is Proportional Representation? Why America should consider using PR for electing the House of Representatives. [R/Politics]
- Polarization and Partisanship [The American Interest]
- Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Clinton [Stanford University]
- James Madison and the Origins of Partisanship [CATO Institute]
- How Voters Cause Washington’s Gridlock [Politico Magazine]
- The Gridlock Illusion [The Wilson Quarterly]