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Political alignment is more than just political tension

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Political alignment is more than just political tension

Ed Fischer

Ed Fischer

Ed Fischer

Sarah Gordon, Opinion Section Editor

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Politics is an extremely sensitive subject by nature. It is one that has divided the nation so significantly. It can be seen in everything from Capitol High all the way down to simple social interactions.

Rather than focusing on the powers in DC, who can been seen caught in gridlock every other week, it is better to focus on average civically-engaged citizens. These citizens can be divided into two categories: the left and the right. While on an individual case some may be further in one direction than others, that is not relevant.

In this situation, the focus is on how so many choose which side they most strongly associate with.

The easiest place to notice tension is while browsing through social media. The occasional posting will include something politically driven. However if a certain word is used, or the way an article is analyzed in the “wrong” way, then things are bound to turn for the worse. As Pew Research Center points out, “users can encounter statements they might consider highly contentious or extremely offensive – even when they make no effort to actively seek out this material.” With this in mind, and the fact that many Americans do engage in political discussions fairly frequently, there is no doubt some things are going to turn sour.

The issue is rooted deeper than just the simple views of people. Many people disagree on political issues, however a new realm of absurdity has  started to surface: popular nicknames such as liberal “snowflakes” or conservative “trolls”. These two groups are the most prevalent, and add to the absurdity polarization has become.

Rather than proper debate, it has turned into a back and forth argument, similar to those seen in elementary schools. There has become a strong lack of proper conversation, and a rising of tension. It is not taking the conversation in the right direction. In order for things to move forwards, collaboration needs to occur. In order to have collaboration, there needs to be conversation.

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