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Political parties: The destruction of division

The country is more divided than ever. Republicans and democrats, whites and blacks, religious and non-religious are all on different sides and are not willing to bend. This way of thinking has closed people off from each other and has sparked a bitter intolerance for other’s views. Time after time again, people are criticized for their views and not heard out. It is comfortable to feel as if a certain party has all the right answers, but neither Republicans nor Democrats are absolutely right.

Centuries ago, America’s first president, George Washington, warned the country not to have political parties.

He said, “[Political parties] may now and then answer popular ends. They are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

Political parties have somehow made many cold toward anyone who opposes their views. Inaccurate and hateful stereotypes have come about.  Not all Republicans are white, rich, old men, and not all Democrats are blacks.

An online survey by Rasmussen Reports indicates 72 percent of American voters believe America is more divided than it was four years ago. It is evident people in America today are all on different pages. It is fine to hold certain opinions and values, but vehemently trying to shove ideas down another person’s throat until they understand does not help. Petty, combative name-calling sessions on Facebook are not going to solve any problems. No one is convinced by five paragraphs of why Donald Trump is going to “make American great again” or why Hillary Clinton is “moving forward.” 

Political parties are more than likely not going anywhere anytime soon, but there is no need to be so set in a certain party’s views we can’t see the value in each other’s perspectives. 

Although Americans have failed to heed Washington’s warning thus far, there is still time to prevent these divisions from tearing the country apart.

Talk. Share ideas. Inform others about important issues and discuss what the best possible solution is. Pick out the pros and cons of every idea a political candidate proposes. The truth is, most people search for answers in this problem-ridden world. Let’s help each other. Let’s come to a solution. Let’s make America united again.

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