It’s understood that bipartisanship is more for Congress than it is for the American Civilization, yet bipartisanship is the involvement of two opposing political parties agreeing or cooperating with each other on policies
The American people have never seen eye-to-eye on a large number of issues until a congress introduced a bipartisanship bill or law that in past memory, the American people are satisfied with.
Though, until recently, the American public has just been at each other’s throats.
Americans can’t agree on a healthcare plan, they don’t want to listen to either side’s stance on abortion or tax reform.
Americans take each other on in Twitter wars about gun control, Trump, and immigration, and anyone who gets involved, their mentions just turn ugly, and so they fight fire with fire.
So, what is it? Why can’t Americans stop bickering with each other?
Bigotry? Social Media? Our Parties? Our mind sets?
A few teachers, mainly the government teachers, took a stance on this topic
“I think that politics today has just become too extreme, and it’s become more of winning the latest battle,” Margaret Richburg said, one of the Government 10 Honors teacher, in her stance on how there isn’t much bipartisanship or agreement within the American people.
“It’s about keeping score. One-upping the other side more so about doing what’s right or what’s best for most Americans. Both sides [of the aisle] are equally guilty of looking out for themselves as a party first. Party first instead of country or citizen first.”
Joel Jepson, a World History teacher, not only believes that leadership is a problem in why the American people lash out at each other, but also social media the power it has behind it.
“We have lost the ability to have this face-to-face conversation with one another,” Jepson said.
“It’s easy to sit in your room and type an insult that goes out into this gray area that most people would, probably, normally would not do. As a result of that, it has seeped into how we view each other, how we communicate with one another.”
“That’s where we’re going to first; insults as opposed to ‘stop’, and listening to what the person has to say.”
Matthew O’Neill, a World History II and Government 12 teacher had his own comment on this topic.
“I think often times, differences with each other are actually easier to highlight and it’s sometimes harder to find common ground with people than it is to see the differences with people.”
Americans, on a large majority of topics, do agree with each other. Though, it’s so much easier to focus on the issues that we disapprove of and disagree with other people. That is what people tend to focus on.
It’s no longer a calm discussion about our differences and hoping both our parties can find a solution to this issue. It’s now yelling and screaming at each other until we both drop.
It’s disappointing little to no one wants to meet at the table. If there are, they’re too concerned their party will shun them for doing so.
Nobody wants to hear other’s opinions, they just want to surround themselves with what they want to hear.
We used to be able to talk about our beliefs and allow it to carry on to what could be a solution you could share with your congressman or senator. Now, its constant arguments and insults on social media, and brawls when there are protests.
This generation is starting to enclose them. They say they have an open mind, yet their attitudes toward each other ooze bigotry and hatred, from both sides.