Bill Murray appeared on CNBC recently:

“People are going to war about so much. …

“My friend who’s a great comedy writer, Jim Downey, he’s accused of being a right-wing comedy writer, if there is such a thing,” Murray said. “He says, ‘No, I just think the way the Democrats handle things is poor, where they try to pick out little pieces of a population, oh well we represent the Hispanics, we represent the LGBT or something.” …

“And they’re not speaking to everyone at once. And it’s almost demeaning to say, ‘I’m choosing you because you’re a splinter group or you’re a certain minority group.’ …

“There’s almost a resentment that somehow you’re separated, again, by a politician — ‘You’re my people. I’m in control of you, I represent you,’ instead of thinking that each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first, under the laws of the country. …

The 67-year-old, who seemed to suggest that such times of political unrest often laid the “compost and fertilizer” to nurture more stable times of unity ahead, added that the current divided atmosphere made comedy of a political nature very difficult.

“How can Kristen Wiig make everyone laugh?” he asked. “She’s not thinking about being political, she’s thinking about what resonates and what is common to all of us. I think that’s harder and harder to do because people are trying to win their point of view as opposed to saying, ‘What if I had spoke to everyone?'”

Bill Murray gets at the heart of the tension between political factions in our country right now. We all seem to want an America where “each citizen has a right to be respected as a citizen first, under the laws of the country”, but we seem to be doing a terrible job of communicating with our neighbors and compromising on anything that would move us toward that in a meaningful way.