If the majority of the electorate is not already disillusioned and alienated by the extreme partisanship of politics, the upcoming United States elections will likely push another generation of voters into the void of disillusionment, apathy and abdication of franchise.
The U.S. is the so-called beacon of democracy. Yet the two political extremes have become so tenaciously embraced in a dance of mutually assured self-destruction that their toxic fumes now poison even the most impartial and non-partisan.
Democracy was never a polite process – it’s founded on the adversarial contest of competing views, preferential biases and the repetitive change of leadership.
Whether parliamentary or presidential systems, democracy is founded on contest, and establishing legitimacy and trust. Leaders know they will be challenged, their policies and values contested, and every decision disputed. And every elected leader knows their office is temporary and only safe while the electorate wills it so.