A pendulum, swung far in one direction, swings back the other way to about the same amount.
We need elected officials who are neither “progressive” nor “conservative,” but who are collaborative and constructive. In areas where there is great disagreement over the decision, government should not address the question. As an example, the U.S. is about evenly divided on the “pro-choice” vs “pro-life” question. The collaborative and constructive position would be to NOT have a government policy and funding directed at it or Congress trying to regulate when life begins, but to recognize it’s an unresolvable issue, primarily affecting an individual and consider it a medical procedure that is elective at the choice of the interested party, namely the pregnant woman. So, Planned Parenthood would be funded to counsel and provide birth control, but not to facilitate abortion. Medicaid would consider it a medical procedure like any other and manage costs. The people making the decision would be the woman and her doctor. In this way, the “pro-choice” person has a choice about her life and body, and the “pro-life” person has the same choice about her life and body.
Neither more radical liberalism nor more reactionary conservatism will bring us as a people back to civility and shared progress.