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Animosity between Republicans and Democrats maintains in 2017.
Ashley McCann, Opinions Editor
Personally, I consider myself to be a conservative liberal, or maybe a liberal conservative. I don’t identify completely with any party, and I genuinely doubt anyone who claims to be 100 percent either way. I recognize that the two parties have their ideological differences; however, are those differences worth the massive division that we now see in America between those who claim to be conservative and those who claim to be liberal? Personally, I’d say no.
The Huffington Post recently published an article by Ariel Edwards-Levy, staff reporter and polling director, which identifies the findings of several Pew Research surveys conducted in the spring of 2016 before the results of the election were known. “The results help to explain why, even with two unprecedentedly unpopular presidential candidates, this year’s election seems likely to divide mainly along established party lines,” said Edwards-Levy.
Unfortunately, the division between Republicans and Democrats, at least for the most part, doesn’t seem to be diminishing.
We all seem to want different things. Some of us want Trump to build a wall, some of us want a mass deportation initiative, some want better facilities at the border and others want to accept refugees.
Wanting different things and being able to openly express desire is one of the foundations of American society. People can support different presidential candidates and peacefully protest for what they believe in without fear of violent retaliation.
We live in an imperfect, but open society where individuals have opportunities to voice concerns and work toward change. We have come a long way as a country, but there is still considerable ground to cover. While opportunities might not always be equal, they exist, and it is up to us to work together to make those opportunities more equal, to allow each other the chance to be heard and to work toward making our country a better place.
Instead of focusing on what different political groups disagree on, we should focus on the common ground, and when we do address our differences, it shouldn’t be by smashing the window of a Starbucks or acting violently toward each other. Addressing differences shouldn’t include name-calling or deleting people on social media. I don’t think building a wall along the border will solve our problems, and I certainly don’t think building a wall around those who are different will either.
Developing opinions on political policy and working toward change isn’t easy. Learning to work together, as we all learned in kindergarten, takes time. As Americans, we should all take the time and put in the effort to work together. Having a large population of unique, passionate and inquisitive people is America’s best asset, and we are all doing our country – and the world – a disservice if we refuse to combine our passions and work together.