We face complex problems. To find solutions, we must be willing to exercise the values of representative democracy: tolerance, mutual respect, accepting ideological differences, working to build consensus.
We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ideologically and politically. This is, as the Pew Research Center put it recently, “a defining feature of politics today.”