“The astounding political divide over what it means to be ‘American’”

Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post reports on the deep disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over what it means to be an American. Democrats largely think it’s based on ideas (belief in “the mixing of cultures and values from around the world” and immigration), while Republicans largely think it’s based on identity (“a culture grounded in Christian religious beliefs”, etc.). While obviously not something that shows up in day-to-day politics, this lies at the heart of a lot of modern American political hair-tearing, I think. We don’t agree on what this country is supposed to be.