( CNN) There is a slow-motion car accident tone to the extermination of democratic standards right now. But we can’t afford to simply fixate on our problems. We need to focus on finding solutions.
The good information is that there is a growing awareness that we cannot take our republic for awarded. This is a time to straighten our civic backbones and roll up our sleeves. But healing our nation’s divides will require more than the corrective of one election. Polarization is deeper than our politics: It has beginnings in financial and cultural rights partitions that have frayed our appreciation of national unity and abridged trust between fellow citizens.