By Masha Smahliuk
MPA Intern 

'United we stand' – but do we?

Will the center ground hold in the world of extremism and polarization?


November 23, 2023

Masha is a Ukrainian student studying journalism at Central Michigan and an editor at CM Life. She traveled to Washington DC, to interview several people in the story and used Zoom for some others.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Under the white dome of the Capitol, legislative process is thrown into chaos.

As Congresspeople argue about the budget planning, leadership, international intervention, support and so much more, polarization and extremism make it harder and harder to find compromise and hold the center.

What does compromise mean?

United States Rep. John Moolenaar (R-2nd) said the idea of a center means different things to different people.

"I think in a situation where we have a divided government, you need to come to some kind of a resolution ... to get bills signed into law, you need...

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