An integral component of the democracy the United States utilizes has been shattered by the social norms that our two major political parties have enabled to persist.
As an outspoken Republican, I have my share of inferences on the Democratic Party. Though, what has been taking place is a partisan protocol to attack the personal integrity of every individual member of the opposing party through stereotypes.
I believe politics to be a gentleman's sport in which a set of norms are established so that we don't leave a healthy debate feeling personally attacked.
A prime example is my grandfather and me. A 66-year-old Marine veteran of the Vietnam war and 40-year polymath developed him into a union liberal, where as I am an 18-year- old proponent of the free market economy.
We find ourselves constantly debating over political issues, but at the end of the day, he's still my family. I suppose the future of politics will slowly evolve into a Hatfield and McCoy scenario, where a long-standing difference between two parties personally separates friends, family, co-workers, peers, teammates etc.
We wouldn't be voting for experienced, veteran, college-educated representatives if all it required was walking into the Capitol and unanimously agreeing on bills within 5 minutes (but wouldn't it be nice?). Differing opinions are what the founding fathers worked vigorously for, as did the brave soldiers of the Continental army.
With 313 million people in this nation, we can't continue these hellacious attacks on each other for our political beliefs. We have plenty more to worry about.
As Americans, we have got to begin listening more, like we were taught at a young age, instead of throwing away ideas from others because we are too sure of ourselves. Let's be grateful that we are all allowed to our own creed in this wonderful nation.
"As Iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17
Kyle Gregory Ford, Woodstock