A political centrist lost in the great divide

As a political centrist and compromiser at my core, someone who believes an array of perspectives really does ultimately lead to better public policy, I hate this divide that seems to be widening. So much distrust of people with whom we disagree, and so much anger. We certainly don’t all have to agree on issues – it’s those with whom we disagree that push us. But I so miss respect and consideration. I despise the ethos of political opponent as enemy to be feared and loathed. After this election, can’t we try again to focus on all that we agree on rather than whom we distrust? And maybe take another honest run at respect, civility, and dignity? For the love of God, let’s try. At risk of sounding really gloomy, this just seems no way for a great country to be.