The Increasing Rift Between “Liberal” & “Conservative”

On campus, I have been called a “liberal” countless times, but I feel those words should not mold a person into a certain grouping based on someone’s actions or beliefs. The increased polarization between the two principal groups has caused disruptions in this country since the “North” and “South” euphemisms were used. These classifications are social constructs that separate groups of people based on the opinions of the party. With these parties and ideas, you are seen as an outsider if you do not mold yourself to believe every value. There is no logical way that a person can agree with everything a party values for the country.

            Personally, I appreciate both progressive and conservative issues, but because of my race or social justice actions, I am labeled a “Liberal.” In due to respect to conservatives you can still believe and support social justice initiatives and be “conservatives.”

            With the United States Congressional approval rating at a dismal 19.3% that effectively shows what this polarization is doing this country. It is not about MAGA or the total support for Bernie Sanders but that we need to do to come together, acknowledge our differences and also realize this country is for all of us.

            The continuing division between individuals of this nation has allowed us to view the current state of the country in déjà vu. Abraham Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” and the implications of not relying on history are disastrous.

            How are we the land of the free and home of the brave if we are not brave enough to stand together and push through the struggles we face as a nation? “If there is no struggle, there is no progress,” Frederick Douglass once said, always rings in my head on a variety of issues this country faces.

            It will not be easy whatsoever but if the continuing division we see in our country does not cease it will have dramatically adverse effects. This world would be melancholy without the variations of race, ethnicities, cultures & most importantly ideas. If we continue to bash others for their political views, there will be no progress for all of us.

            No country can be “great” but it can continually to improve for all who live there and for who want to live in that place. I must acknowledge that some political views do not intersect with this unity, and those should be disregarded but for the ones that do it should help all.

            If someone does not like your perspective on an individual issue, do not walk away or bicker but challenge his or her opinions in a logical and emotional way. Just tolerating someone else’s ideas or opinions will not do us any good unless we acknowledge and embrace our differences and ideas for the better of this nation and its people.


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