Americans are segregating themselves by their politics at a rapid clip, helping fuel the greatest divide between the states in modern history. The political culture in the United States is experiencing a polarization, with individuals aligning themselves more firmly with either liberal or conservative ideologies. This growing divide has significant implications for the functioning of Congress, as representatives from each party become more entrenched in their positions, making it increasingly difficult to find common ground and pass legislation.
Positions on abortion medication, diversity initiatives, and test scores in admissions show the divide in political culture. These issues have become highly contentious, with liberals advocating for expanded access to abortion medication and promoting diversity initiatives, while conservatives argue for stricter regulations and prioritize test scores in admissions. This clash of values reflects the deep ideological differences that exist within American society and contributes to the widening gap between the two political factions.
In 1991, with America gripped by a struggle between an increasingly liberal secular society that pushed for change and a conservative establishment resisting it, the political culture began to shift. This shift marked the beginning of a more pronounced division between liberals and conservatives, leading to the current state of polarization. The clash between these two ideologies has permeated all aspects of American society, including politics and governance.