As Former President Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided cannot stand.”
At its center, America is a place where freedom and diversity of thought have reigned for many years. It is a country that people dream of due to its millions of possibilities. However, the division within our political world is beginning the demise of America because it is leading to more conflict, more workplace struggles and more inaction in the legislature.
The division that has been accepted more and more as the norm is simply creating more division. When political parties tear each other down, those involved can become easily frustrated with the other side. Some people might begin to hate those on the opposite side and may begin to make decisions purely for the sake of disagreeing with the other party. This division has allowed for limitations on freedom of speech. Through harassment and trolling, one group shuts down the other’s ability to freely express their opinions. One side may feel superior and confident, but that is only because of their limitation of conversation. Politics is about debate, but all political parties should be focused on advocating for the people instead of attempting to smite one another. Conversations are needed to make real change for the betterment of the country.
Politics has created various issues within the workplace, including people losing their jobs due to their political views. While no one should engage in bigotry, speaking about basic political issues should be allowed because of freedom of speech. To deny anyone of that freedom would be denying their basic rights as an American. This freedom is a gift and should not be destroyed because someone cannot handle hearing another side of the story. Furthermore, since some people have lost their jobs because they spoke about their political views, others are too afraid to speak. This is unjust for a country filled with people who claim to accept freedom of speech, yet neglect that basic right for others due to their own biases. Even limited countries are filled with people who can more openly express themselves without getting seriously harmed. Not only is this right important for living men and women, but for future generations of people. It is a freedom that so few have, which is why casting it away because of the desire to shun a political party is utterly moronic.
Another challenging aspect that division in politics involves is the creation of and voting on various pieces of legislation. For example, in the past days of America, there were numerous arguments on whether slavery should be kept or abolished. Divisions in political viewpoints on the subject led to the Civil War, which resulted in more than 600,000 people dying. Blood had to be shed just to come to an agreement. Presently, there is an ongoing debate on the overturning of Roe v. Wade. During the scramble to come to a decision, most Republicans have remained pro-life while most Democrats are pro-choice. These personal biases have gotten in the way of progress. To truly determine the ruling of Roe v. Wade, people need to look at it from a female perspective instead of a political one in order to see how it will impact all women. Both Republicans and Democrats need to realize that their actions directly impact other people. Although they may be trying to protect their constant opposition to the other political party, the ruling of Roe v. Wade should be thoroughly considered from another’s shoes before making final decisions.
Nevertheless, division in politics can bring about debate, which can be beneficial for everyone to see both sides of an argument. As long as both sides of the argument are given the time and space that they deserve to portray their side, division can be more helpful than harmful. However, this accepting environment is rare, and people need to realize that only this detrimental division will continue if each side is not presented respectfully. Everyone should freely express their opinions, because this is America. In order to try and fix this division, however, everyone needs to be able to listen to the other side. It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent, everyone should at least have the decency to listen. Listening does not mean that you will agree with everyone, but it does give you the opportunity to see other perspectives before jumping to immature conclusions because of someone’s political party.