Civil discourse

The shock of authentic civil discourse is the best therapy for PID.
Our country is better than this. We need to focus on what unites us, not on who yells the loudest. We need to support each other in times of need, because we all find ourselves in need at one point or another. And we must to work together to find answers to the difficult issues of our time.
Everyone likes to invoke our Founders so much lately, so I'm invoking Thomas Paine. Paine was a revolutionary, philosopher, political theorist, and activist. Much of what he wrote has particular relevance today in this toxic election season.
Over the last few years, the hyper polarization of American society has gotten a lot of media attention, particularly in the form of hand-wringing from journalists predicting the downfall of civility.
What I want is a political system where civil discourse and a mutual desire to improve and enhance the lives of all Americans are the ultimate goal. Not some throwback to the 1950's or the antebellum South that excluded so many of us from achieving the American Dream.