The recent failure of US President Donald Trump’s attempt to repeal Obamacare is the latest example of the destructive force of polarization in politics. By definition, polarization is,”(dictionary.com)
This phenomenon is not isolated to our friends south of the border. The rise of the likes of Kevin O’Leary in the race for leadership of the federal Conservatives is a perfect example. O’Leary, like Trump, seems to base his platforms on what’s wrong with his opponents rather than what’s DEFINITIVELY right with him. He’s more about defeating the Liberals than winning for the Conservatives. Trump trashed Hillary Clinton (and sometimes rightfully so), and trashed Obamacare (also somewhat justifiable)… but really he campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Replacing it has proven itself something entirely different. What was his plan??
His failure is largely in part due to polarization within his own Republican Party. Some said too much change. Some not enough. Sadly US Democrats have responded by gloating, instead of reaching out to find a solution. I don’t always agree with activist Michael Moore but what he says HERE is pretty much what I am trying to.
It’s time for politicians to set aside differences, and find solutions through compromise, rather than problems through differences.
That is effective governance. That is what WE deserve. Not the growing quagmire we find ourselves in now.