America Has a Problem, and It Must Be Fixed Immediately

Alex Trader, Editor in Chief

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This election cycle, as well as that in 2016, has been some of the nastiest in American history. Smears running from both sides have led to low-blow after low-blow continuing even after the results were published. This morning, I was scrolling through the replies of a post by Twitter user (@ColtonWinters_), a firm supporter of a candidate in Texas’ Senate race, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke. In the post, Colton is seen arm-in-arm with his friend, a boy seen wearing a “Make America Great Again” shirt. The photo of the two is captioned, “At the end of the day, always remember that friendship is always more important than politics” This seems innocent, and to be quite frank, it is an example of how politics should be treated in America.

The replies to this, however, were just a hodge-podge of insults thrown at the two. Though there were positive comments, they’re far and few in between. The majority of these replies spoke on the “privileged” lifestyle that both had and that they had no reason to complain because they were “white males”. This is a very dangerous precedent to set, especially the generalization of those deemed “privileged” by society. These two were even encouraged to stop being friends because the policies of one friend “attempt to kill” minority groups.

This leads me to my point: that the division in this country is so great that no one assumes good whatsoever. Whether it be in someone we have never met, or in those we hold closest, many only see evil. People genuinely believe that those on the other side of the political aisle want them dead. If this is the way that we truly see each other, then the next step is civil war. If Americans truly believe that the other side wants them dead, then we have no hope left for this American society.

The way to fix this is clear. End the smear. End the charged rhetoric. Most importantly, end the identity politics. It doesn’t matter who started these things or what has been done, the only chance that America has to reverse this hatred that many hold for their fellow citizens is to treat each other as humans. In the end, that is what we all are, humans.

A message to everyone: the other side is not trying to kill you, or to remove you from society. We all have the same goals, only different perspectives on how to achieve them. I challenge each and every one of you reading to go out of your way to reach across the aisle today. I know how hard this can be, but it is necessary that we see each other as allies rather than enemies in American society.