The current era of identity politics and ideological tension belies that most Americans still have very similar views on the vast majority of topics, asserts Ken Stern of Politico. Both political parties have now adopted an agenda that furthers opposition to each other rather than working towards compromise. Republicans pander almost exclusively to their base, and Democrats unite in resistance against all things conservative. However, while sowing division has become popular, real Americans actually see eye-to-eye quite a bit. While they might disagree on topics like gay marriage, they agree on most other things.
America might currently be more divided than during any period since the Civil War, suggests Conor Lynch of Salon. It is made up of 11 regions with highly varying values and ideals. This multitude of cultures has contributed to making America special in many ways, but it has also allowed division to fester. President Trump's provocative rhetoric has made both sides more embattled and polarized. Fiery topics like gun control have sprung to the front of discussion, blurring the line between identity and ideology. Both sides see each other in extremely negative ways that are unlikely to disappear.