We need not look far to see how far we've fallen: partisanship on the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court. The highest legislative body of the mighty United States of America. Nine women and men, the greatest minds and legal pedigree who decide whether laws & legal verdicts stand in coherence with the Constitution, the document laying out the foundational and unalienable rights for its citizens & visitors.
Partisanship on the Supreme Court.
Used as an adjective, partisan is defined as: prejudiced in favor of a particular cause. Synonyms include: biased, prejudiced, one-sided, sectarian... or as we can boil most of these synonyms down to, partisan is just a thinly veiled stand-in for tribal.
There is no rational, intelligent partisanship. Partisanship means choosing your allegiance based on your tribe first, and not the facts at hand. That supposedly impartial judges are partisan is a problem. That we've by-and-large accepted that they are... that's so much more than a problem: it's the canary in the coal-mine. And that canary's flat on its back, legs to the sky.
When's the last time you questioned referring to judges as "conservative" or "liberal"? Instead, we've come to broadly accept describing them as such. But don't judges exist for the very purpose of impartially determining adherence to our laws? That stands in stark opposition to the concept of tribalism.
The system is failing us. And we should be paying more attention to our dead canary's warning.