Analysis Of Divided We Now Stand Essay

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Thesis: The united states government has become extremely dysfunctional over the course of the last few years according to many professional writers. Elements that contribute to a defective Washington are polarization, tribalism, and the inflexibility of politicians. Susan Page, author of “Divided We Now Stand” explains that many Americans are aware of the increasing polarization, a stance on an issue defined by a party, and that citizens believe that politicians are more polarized than them. However, Page argues that voters are to blame as well. She uses a survey to illustrate the choices that Americans make on a certain policy. Based on the test evidence shows that Democrats and Republicans choose the stance of their political party regardless of their own personal opinions on the actual policy (Page). Page’s point proves that politicians are not the only ones that contribute to the government’s dysfunction, and that voters might want to re-evaluate how they process their information and their choices if they wish to see a change. However, politicians’ do play their part in the dysfunction of the government. According to Norman Ornstein, author of “What’s Wrong with Washington? Tribalism “, the asymmetric nature of polarization among politicians also contributes the dysfunction. Ornstein states, “Democrats [move]only a bit to the left, while Republicans [move] sharply to the right.” In addition to there being a change in the party’s positions, there are…

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