A Separate Peace

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Tab Berg, Inside Sacramento

America is binging on outrage because liberals are arrogant elitists recklessly opening our borders and bankrupting the country, while conservatives are hateful bigots bent on destroying the environment and oppressing poor people.
Neither statement is true, but both stereotypes feed the outrage addiction that has become the default narrative of public dialogue.

For far too many Americans, political discussions have devolved into attacking the “other side” with troll-inspired slams and belittling tweets—where scoring a “burn” on a political opponent is valued more than finding solutions or even being truthful.

There is a better way. Instead of forcing Americans to choose between warring ideological tribes, we can engage the “braver angels of our nature” by acknowledging our differences and embracing our similarities. Rather than escalating the fight, we can depolarize America.

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