Hi Isis, I see your point about politics. But maybe we can't say the same thing about our society as a whole. Never in our history have so many groups had access to opportunity. No matter how we divide us, by gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social strata, if we don't have exact equality, then we at least have ongoing dialogues. I think it's a mistake to take politics to project facts about society as a whole.
In addition, our government works by emphasizing disagreement, and then reaching a consensus. But I agree with you, it is disfunctional. I think the recent rulings giving moneyed interests more power has dehumanized the process so that reasonable people have fewer opportunities for compromise.