Republicans have been looking more and more inward, focusing on their own issues and cutting off almost all input from Democrats, suggests Ronald Brownstein of the Atlantic. From a policy level to an individual one, the red part of America has worked to impose its values on the rest of the country, from taxes that disadvantage people in blue states to the House passing legislation that would make all states allow concealed carry laws. The GOP has stopped trying to compromise with Democrats, which stands out with the healthcare bill that was passed in the dead of the night to avoid any of their input. They are receding into closed-mindedness.
Democratic America has too long ignored the feelings and plights of conservatives, infers Thomas B. Edsall of The New York Times. The rise of liberal ideologies as a standard may have seemed good to liberal areas, but it has hurt red states in many ways. Seeing their way of life dismissed as antiquated and wrong has alienated them. Globalization and the move from coal to renewable energy has ravished job opportunities in rural America. Many Democrats have completely ignored Republican difficulties, which is why they were so surprised when Donald Trump, a natural response, emerged. Liberals have forced conservatives to fight for their way of life.