I don't feel the tension personally, but I can see that many do. I choose to take a stance back and see the game for what it is.
I live in Canada and have no liking of either the conservatives or liberals. It seems that these two are diametrically opposed to one another and have a main interest of winning the battle to get to the top for personal reasons. I'm tired of one attack after another, and find politics to be a strangely illusionary thing. I think politics is very dirty and with the top two, representing both good and evil depending on which side one resonates with, it is always about the battle. It's always about what the media loves to focus on, getting under peoples skin so they fight against what they disagree with, and vehemently so. At the top of the game it has more to do with saying what people want to hear, even though they'll be doing what they want when they get in. I don't like to support the battle, it's against my ethics and morals to get drawn into hating the other, and it's so easy to get pulled in.
This year, I am choosing to go another route. Instead of voting for a party because I don't want the opposition to go in, I'm choosing to vote for what I believe. I'll vote in the underdog that holds my ideals on the environment this year, I'll be voting for the Green Party and pleased to say so. Sure, they aren't organized enough to hold a majority of any kind, but I'm fine with that. With my vote I'll be helping them get their foot a little further in the door to help push causes I believe in. Rather than putting my focus on what I am against, I'll be putting my energy towards what I am for. If I chose to vote for one or the other main teams in the battle, the same game would continue anyway of arguments, corruption, lies and generally unethical, unproductive behavior. I've watched over the years, one party go in then the other, back and forth and things are generally not to my satisfaction either way so, I won't bother giving my vote to either. It is definitely sad that the current government won't allow the Green Party to part of the debates, with 9-10% of the vote surely millions could benefit from what could be brought to the discussion. I think it's important for more voices to be heard, to open dialogue on areas that could make small shifts in thinking that could be meaningful.
I think if people chose to put their attention towards what they are for rather than what they are against, the world would be a much different place. Politics brings out a lot of hate in people in general, a lot of disdain and general unpleasantness. I find it quite ridiculous how people who have a bias will fight tooth and nail to defend anything and everything their side of the coin has done, while attacking anything and everything the other side of the coin has done. To me, its the same coin, just different faces.
There's not much wonder religion and politics is so difficult to pull apart in the U.S. With a system based on 2 polar perceptions of good and evil, with us and against us views, with no voice for a more balanced alternative, the tension will continue. Until people choose a new way of seeing things, and choosing things, not much will change. The game of ego's battling for power to the top will continue from the top of the pyramid down to the base.