The real problem with American politics today is the hostility and generalization involved in it. Everything is about #Democrat
, rich vs. poor. Sweeping generalizations and polarization prevent us from seeing the ideas and concerns of other people. Most people who committedly pick one side often start to see the situation as right vs. wrong, good vs. evil.
But the fact is that they all exist, and must learn to co-exist. I have met extremely aggressive and illogical Democrats as well as Republicans. I've seen dogmatic atheists and accepting Catholics. The rich, the poor, and everyone in between have the capacity of being both greedy and selfless. Coming from a lower-class background, I know what low-income life is like.
But right now I'm at one of the oldest and wealthiest boarding schools in the world, and I spend time with people who are in the upper margins of the 1%. And some of them are the most generous, least spoiled people I've ever met.
Throughout history you can see people claiming that slavery, domestic abuse, religion, and tyrannical government were necessary for this country to survive. To different extents, they've been proven wrong. This country was built on compromise, cooperation, and trust - and those are the things we should be afraid of losing.