Posted by Jesse Shayne on August 26, 2016 at 3:56 PM
Finding Peace Around Political Polarization -- Open Primaries Board Member/Spokesperson Jessie Fields on Peace Talks Radio
This isn't a program about the current electoral races. Rather, it looks at a few of the possible causes and solutions of political polarization. Statistics show that polarization of liberals and conservatives is on the rise in the United States. How come? This program doesn't have time to review all of the possible causes including money, media, and isolationism. But, we will explore some ideas such as biological disgust, voting issues, and the need for collaborative conversations. We focus on solutions that individuals and groups can take to lessen political polarization at the dinner table, in your neighborhood, and around the country.
"The other phenomenon that's going on around the country that I think offers a hopeful sign is the fact that more and more Americans are leaving the Democratic and Republican Parties. Forty-three percent of the country is now independent. More and more voters are saying; "Don't put me in a box. I don't want to be forced for a party candidate. I want to vote for the best person, not the party." It's independents who are very diverse."
--Dr. Jessie Fields, advocate for open primaries