We again find ourselves in the midst of election season and tensions are high as Republicans seek to maintain control and Democrats push for a “blue wave.” Political loyalties easily spill into our daily life and can affect how we perceive or treat other people, but this isn’t the way things should be.
Hillsdale College students pride themselves on learning to order the soul and exercise reason, yet far too often, we act as if people with different political opponents are the morally corrupt enemies of the United States. While having discussions and debates on policies and social issues are important and beneficial, demonizing those who disagree with us does nothing to further America’s welfare or our own beliefs. It only leads to viewing others as evil.
In this election cycle, let’s focus more on what brings us together as Americans, while still having balanced discussions about our differences. Part of what has always made our nation great is our ability to hold diverse opinions, and the simple fact that we’re allowed to do so. Who or what we vote for is not nearly as important as the kind of people we are. The best thing you can do this November is not to get out and vote; the best thing you can do — especially when confronted by a different way of seeing things — is to be a kind and gracious person.