There isn't anything wrong with living a political life, Sonny Bunch argues in The Washington Free Beacon. "Politics is important; political decisions have
consequences; and passionately arguing for your preferred political
outcomes is nothing to be ashamed of," he writes. "A politicized life is a different beast, however. It treats
politics as a zero-sum game or a form of total warfare in which the
other side must be obliterated. It alters every aspect of your being:
where you shop; what you watch on TV; what sort of music you listen to;
who you associate with. If you're not with the politicized being, you're
against him -- and if you're against him, he is well within his rights to
ruin you personally and economically. You, the political other, are a
leper to be shunned."
His lament really resonates with me.
"I don't worry too much about growing partisan gridlock," Bunch goes on, "but I do worry somewhat about an America in which each half of the country hates the other so viscerally that they won't even interact." I agree that there is cause for concern. But I also think it's a mistake to conceive of the problem as halves of the country pitted against one another, because I think and hope that many more Americans are uncomfortable with the attitude Bunch describes than embrace it.