Editorial: We’re way too partisan.


Isaac Fox, Staff Reporter

Have you ever argued over politics?

You know what I mean. I’m not talking about a productive discussion of beliefs and policy, and it’s not anything friendly or even particularly civil. Two people are angry with each other and they climb atop their respective soapboxes to honor the Party, disown the Enemy, and win the darned thing. Most of the time, each is trying to validate their beliefs more to themself than to the other.

If you haven’t had an argument like that you’ve probably at least seen one, whether it was in the classroom, at a family gathering, or on television. They happen because we have a national tendency to take up a party’s beliefs without thinking about them. We have an over-partisanship problem. It isn’t a Democratic problem or a Republican problem, it’s an American problem. 

So think for yourself. Don’t let your party think for you. 

Do your research, and don’t do it all on the same partisan media outlets. 

Political arguments can’t be won, so don’t try. 

Don’t be reactionary. Your opinions should be your opinions. They should not be established to align with a person you’re close to or oppose a person who’s wronged you. 

If your morals and your political positions don’t align, that’s a problem. 

When politicians argue with scientists over science and we side with the politicians, that’s a problem.

Our seniors will be old enough to vote in 2020. If you’re voting for someone you’ve never heard of because they’re a member of your party, that’s a problem. If you bump into an election you don’t know anything about, don’t participate in it. 

If you hate someone you’ve never met because they’re a member of that party or because they support that person, that’s a problem. People mess up and change their minds, and sometimes they know all the facts, have the same moral standards, and disagree anyway. And it’s not just them, it’s you and it’s me too. Sympathize. 

I’d like to conclude by reminding us of an idea that’s been around for millennia, one that we probably all learned before kindergarten: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” Even if they disagree with you.