Dr. Kuhlman is a psychologist, author and election judge in Minnesota.
Polls say most of the American public no longer trusts what has become an intractable political system where both sides operate without willingness to compromise. Americans largely detest the blame-game rhetoric practiced by House and Senate members of both major parties, as these legislators continue pushing important national problems downstream to younger generations.
But its also true that its the electorate who continues to vote for these incumbents who practice the kind of polarizing politics that lead to government shutdowns, bloated budgets and lack of reform. It seems as if Americans poll one way, but vote another. Its a bedeviling incongruity.
Part of the problem traces to the gerrymandering of House districts to create safe seats for both major parties. But this country has also undergone 40 years of voluntary, within-country migration. Red voters have gravitated to Red voting districts and Blues have clustered into Blue ones. More of us live within communities of like-mindedness than citizens of any previous generation. This homogeneity delivers landslide victories to our gal in Congress while we blame gridlock on those guys from the other colors districts. The polarization of Congress comes from us.
What to do? One root cause of polarization is our voting system.