By CONNOR BROWN
Politics are quickly becoming impossible to talk about in America.
It seems like every day there is a new issue for Democrats and Republicans to fight to the death over. Gun laws, DACA and don’t say Russian influence over Donald Trump unless you are prepared to start a fight. Voters have become more divided and entrenched in their parties’ views.
We can see this from a study over voter tendencies from 1994 to 2014 done by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan research group. They gauged how deeply liberal or conservative Democrats and Republicans were and compared the two groups.
“The median, or typical, Republican is now more conservative than 94 percent of Democrats, compared with 70 percent 20 years ago. The median Democrat is more liberal than 92 percent of Republicans, which is up from 64 percent,” according to the study. Since 2014, the divide has only grown deeper.
As we move forward, we are becoming more and more divided. We are taking political views as an affront.
Another 2014 study from the Pew shows, when asked how a voter would feel if a family member married a member of the opposite party, “We see that 3-in-10 (30 percent) consistent conservatives say they’d be unhappy if a family member married a Democrat, while 23 percent of consistent liberals say they’d be unhappy if a Republican were to marry into the family.”
This divide in our country does good for no one. The more divided we are, the more we become dead set in our beliefs.
While Russian influence on President Donald Trump awaits the Mueller investigation, we do know that Russian bots and agents distributed propaganda during the 2016 election. Their strategy was to disseminate inflammatory messages to each side furthur pushing our divide. We saw both pro-Trump and pro-Sanders messages.
To their credit, the Russians succeeded. The 2016 election was one of the most divisive elections we have seen in recent history.
Now that we know our weakness, we need to adapt and make sure we are never taken advantage like that again.
Let’s reach across the aisle and listen to others. We all want to help make America the best country it can be; we just have different ideas on how that can be done. The most convincing arguments are not shouting matches.
Let’s research our own opinions and make sure we are correct. Go onto Politifact.com, a website whose sole purpose is to fact check politicians’ statements, and you can see that almost everyone lies. Which hurts the cause you argue for. I for one have held beliefs that I later learned were false.
This is a long and arduous road we have to go down, but it is necessary for our government to work.