... where actual discussion between opposing groups has broken down. Years ago, over a decade, many of us were members of DSL Reports. We engaged in discussion in a forum. As time wore on anybody not far left of center was feeling unwanted. Then the owner of the site created blue and red rooms and if you posted in one you had to toe the line for the politics of that room and you were not allwed to post in the other. Many of us then migrated to Global Affairs. Discussion remained spirited and people from the left and right enjoyed the conversation, sometimes bordering on the less than decorous. Eventually those with views on the left dropped off the radar or left in the manner of drama queens. Nobody on the left is denied entry but they do not seem to want to stay so we are a board that leans right on the edge of tipping over. I started thinking about other boards I belong to and find the same process has occurred. No board seems to have civil discussion between the left and right. Everything said by each side appears to be complete fact with which your disagreement leads to open accusations of ignorance of facts, such as even thinking more facts are needed on an issue like the cause of global warming. So we are divided by these left and right labels, labels whose meaning shifts with the formation of splinters of political parties. And then we look at society and see divisions by race or color. It is not enough to not practice segregation, we are no longer even allowed to associate with those we are most comfortable with. If we practice this most human choice in friends we are racist. We cannot even require voters prove they are eligible voters without being racist. We have a huge divide in income in this country. If you question it you are not a true American and you are Socialist. And only a divine being can help you if you choose to tell a female coworker she looks nice today. And here is the real kicker. The divide is exacerbated by members of each group. The Tea Party is formed. Then the most extreme members espouse views that many conservatives abhor. And yet the left now believes those views belong to the Tea Party. In another case you are either a creationist or evolutionist. But what if you believe in looking at the evidence and keeping an open mind? There are atheists who are now calling it a religion and trying to organize. What, say that again. I do not feel optimistic for our society or our country. The divisions seem to be growing wider and I hear no voices calling for moving from the state of confrontation we are now in.