The voices wouldn't have power if people wouldn't be desperately seeking for the voices to tell them what to do and reinforce their own view of reality.
Sorry, you lost me on "code pink." What's that?But, what about code pink? Are they just creating noise? Getting in the way of people trying to be productive? And by productive I mean 'blowing shit up.'
There is always common ground.Part of the problem is that there can't be common ground. People want to take the country in two opposite directions. You can't shrink the government and grow it at the same time. Of course for whatever reason, just like war is framed as being productive so is any government growth. So there's an inherent bias.
In terms of the USA, we're all Americans. Mature people can understand that there's a value to small government in keeping costs down and asking people to take some responsibility for their own lives, and there's also value in caring for those who don't actually have the resources (either ever... or "not yet") to get them what they actually do need, if only to the degree where they can start doing it on their own. I would probably be categorized as more liberal (at least socially), but it's not like I can't see where a case can be made for things I might not ultimately vote for if placed in a binary situation -- and I'm not going to criminalize or slander folks who actually argue from that perspective responsibly.
Unfortunately, it's not just "You disagree with me," but, "You disagree with me, which makes you evil, and I will do whatever is in my power to diminish, destroy, and debase you. You're not an American, you're an enemy."
We shouldn't even have cases where people are rigging votes, changing the voting districts, etc., just to get power... if we all really believe in some kind of democracy or at least republic. It's all so petty and stupid.