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People are always talking about polarization of our government and even our country in today's world. However the idea of polarization in American Politics is not new. In fact the very binary structure of our political system necessitates polarizaiton. If I say you only have 2 choices and you choose one by nature you are the opposite or polar opposite of the other. Since our 2 party system has been around for decades the idea that we are becoming more polarized is a distinction without a difference in my mind.
What instead I think people are noticing is the "Hater Mindset". The Hater Mindset causes people to be incapable of properly processing dissent/disagreement. It says that we can't simply be Polar opposites, I have to demonize you for your position so that I can have a sense of internal peace. we have always been polarized but now we feel the need to punish the polarizaiton this is the result of the Hater Mindset in action.