If you follow the news, or are in a battleground state and see lots of political advertising, you’ll realize that making the other party wrong and your party or candidate right seems to be the only game in town.
That’s the one and only goal: to win, and make the other guy lose.
The media perpetuates this fight. We complain about the media and the pundits — and then turn around and have the same heated arguments online with each other (read the “comments” section of any political story). Their guy is bad. Our guy is good. Which leads to, you’re wrong and we’re right. (Actually, people usually write things much worse than that.)
These days, like never before, it has just become so important to treat this like some big tug-of-war on who’s right/wrong, who wins/loses.
Why are we so committed to taking sides?
It’s kind of like a nicotine addiction. Hard habit to break. But it doesn’t really contribute to your quality of life.