The divide between Republicans and Democrats is far greater today than are divisions over religion, age or education.
A summary of recent surveys conducted by the non-partisan Pew Research Center notes that what is striking is how little common ground is left among partisans today.
Most Democrats and Republicans say they hardly have friends in the opposing party.
Their views of the opposition have become increasingly negative.
The report largely confirms the sense of so many people who feel that politics have become impossibly polarized.
And yet, the report found that a large majority of voters actually like elected officials who are willing to compromise with their opponents.
Therein lies a great disconnect between what we do and what we wish for; between what we do and what we can do better.
That aspiration to reclaim higher ground, and more common ground, is what draws supporters to the United Utah Party.
The Republican and Democratic parties have been battling their own identity crises since the last election. Neither has produced break-through leadership nor a compelling vision, let alone a workable plan, for America’s future.
Just as statesmanship has given way to gridlock, sclerotic old parties are poised to give way to the rising cry for pragmatic solutions and actions.
As Ohio Governor John Kasich told CNN this week “People are beginning to say, ‘I don’t like either [party]’—and that says something big.”
The pendulum always swings toward the middle.
The United Utah Party is drawing the support of moderate, mainstream voters who want to find solutions to the pressing problems of the state and nation through a pragmatic approach to real issues—yes, the tough issues.
Their commitment is to solutions that do involve compromise and building on common aspirations.
That starts by turning down the high boil of divisive partisanship in favor of the warm simmer of a more respectful, reasoned, and civil society.
Full Pew report: