Effective citizens are sophisticated consumers of information. They ask hard questions about the issues facing their community, state, and nation. All of these behaviors are learned, not innate.
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When Washington died, the phrase which spread the country was: "First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen." While this may be almost universally true today, it was not when the man held office.
We can't force people to move into politically heterogeneous neighborhoods, nor would we want to. What we can do is introduce social norms that aim to combat destructive hyper-partisanship.
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