America’s divided fall

Brian Figg, Senior Editor

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The United States of America has never had a single culture or identity. Our nation is a “melting pot,” a cliché term that truly represents how our country has been populated by immigrants for hundreds of years. With that being said, the citizens of our great country created a single, patriotic idealism that persisted after World War II, founded on the principle that we all want what’s best for this democratic nation of individuals. There have been rough patches in our modern domestic history, as the 1950s and 1960s redefined our notions of equal rights and foreign disputes. In 2018, the country feels as divided as the Vietnam or civil rights era. Perhaps the country is better off, in terms of the difficulties of our times, but the national identity is rapidly dividing. Our politics, as well as social affairs, are incredibly polarized. Two radicalized views are being created by our mainstream media and categorizing minds. One is the hard-line Republican, who hates the Earth and loves war, who drives a pickup and waves a Confederate flag. The other is a liberal baby-killer, who drives a Prius and hates free enterprise, who wants to give all their money away and create a Communist-style socialist country. We have allowed ourselves to believe in two ridiculous identities, radically “pro-Trump” or radically “anti-Trump,” so that our choices and individual ideas are diminished. If you’re a political conservative, many assume you must love the President and hate immigrants and taxation, and if you are liberal many assume you must hate the President, hate guns and be pro-choice. Rather than fit into these stereotypes, you should choose your own political agenda based on your moral principles, and vote accordingly, yet still not let your vote change who you are as a person or judge others too harshly based off their political decisions.

We currently have so much hate and are so far divided that we shy away from compromise or understanding one another. We should instead accept one another as Americans, and try to understand our differences even if we disagree, rather than letting politics choose our singular identity.

If we further the divide, despising each other, we will become weak and fail to protect what we love: the differing ideas and people that make our country so special. Instead of making the country “great again” we should try to push our country to a place of acceptance and prosperity that has never been seen.

 

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America’s divided fall