There Is More to Life Than Politics

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There Is More to Life Than Politics

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Since Trump’s election in 2016, politics has been shoved into almost every aspect of our lives. First, it was social media, then sports, and now Hollywood. It’s not wrong to be into politics at all or to stand up for what you believe in, but when our political identity becomes the most important aspect of our lives, it can become a major problem. Each side of the political spectrum suffers from this problem.  Neither Democrats nor Republicans can claim that one is worse than the other. In today’s society, politics has become so divisive that friendships are being ruined and people aren’t even talking to each other all because one is a Democrat and the other is a Republican. Today political speakers who try and have one-on-one debates or Question and Answer sessions can’t ever talk because protesters interrupt and destroy any possibility of a productive or even civil discussion.

The point is, there is more to life than politics. Yes, politics will always be important and it’s okay to be in to politics, but when we can’t get over our political identities, then society falls. Don’t base your decision-making on what the another person’s political beliefs are.  It is possible for Democrats and Republicans to be friends. Ask me, I have plenty of friends from both sides of the aisle.  They all are wonderful people, even if I don’t always agree with them. This is what makes America the greatest country in the world:  We live in a country that gives everyone a voice and the right to a personal opinion. People may not agree half of the time, but that shouldn’t ever be a reason why someone shouldn’t speak. If we can shift away from political correctness and not get offended by every little word or action, life becomes so much better.