Opinion: Why Conservatives and Democrats Will Never Get Along

Angry at the title? I would be too if I saw someone write about how two large groups of people will never be able to get along but hear me out. Politics including Democrats and Republicans formally, in my opinion at least, is based around many topics including economics, societal standards, finances, and much more which not only differentiates people but also leads to riots, violence, and even hatred at some points. Now you may see my title as more reasonable and you may think “Will they ever get along?”. I can see the future leading into two ways.

Shown is the 2018 Women’s March in Washington DC.
Source: https://www.businessinsider.sg/womens-march-2018-nevada-2018-1/

The first way is the best option in my eyes, moderation. In today’s society and political world, the idea of having a political spectrum where people can take from both parties in order to have the best of both is non existent. When marching in my first Women’s March, I witnessed this first hand. Many people would scream and yell and do all these things that I one hundred percent agree with and screamed along too, however, when I returned to my school or even to the mall with my friends who were more conservative or Republican, they would give their opinion about it. One student at SAS who remains anonymous said “Women’s Marches are great if you support the far-left liberals”.

A political spectrum graph explaining the basis of how people can stand on politics.
Source: plcschools.instructure.com

I thought to myself, am I a far left liberal? Do I listen to my conservative friends when they give their own ideas? Or rather do I shut them out, afraid I would be “betraying” my party of beliefs if I agreed with them on a topic? The answer I have come to realised after talking with many people, Republicans and Democrats alike, is that the only way anyone is going to be able to grow as a politically wise person or just a human being in general, is through listening. Only through moderation and listening is the ability of making change going to come to the United States, specifically.

The other option is much more negative but sadly realistic in this new day and age. It is the breakage of a democratic political system that the United States was founded on over many centuries ago. Relating to the idea of listening and moderation, the opposite would be what is happening today in this political climate of stubbornness, retaliation, and aggressiveness by both Democrats and Republicans. They can fight with each other or even toward their own party, which goes back to the main problem of why conservatives and liberals may never get along and that is ignorance. “Ignorance?” you may ask, well ignorance is defined by “a lack of knowledge or information” and judging from the fact that when many Republicans and Democrats are asked about a good thing the other party has they are often left shaking their heads, everyone is ignorant.

For many the problem is not having too little of an opinion but rather the exact opposite where their opinion overrides their own ability to connect, compromise, and reason with people. I mean according to Pew Research Center “nearly eight-in-ten Americans say that when it comes to important issues facing the country, most Republican and Democratic voters not only disagree over plans and policies, but also cannot agree on basic facts.” This means that today, right now, many MANY Republicans and Democrats can’t agree simple things like F A C T S! This must change. Regardless of what your opinions may be on politics, whether you love to talk about them or hate to talk about them, it is your responsibility as a human being to bring people closer together despite anyone difference. Whether or not you hate someone because they love Trump or despise someone because they loved Hillary, you MUST bring people together or soon people will just stop talking to each other. And I can’t do that. I love talking.

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Author: Will Staley

Will Staley is currently a senior and this is his second year working for the Eye. This is also his second year living in Singapore, having moved from St. Louis, Missouri USA. Will enjoys photography and has a photography website (willstaleyphotography.com). He hopes to pursue photography and journalism for his college and career, while being involved in his passion of politics and humanitarian work. He can be contacted at staley774011@sas.edu.sg.

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