Have you noticed how polarized social media is during College footballs bowl season or maybe during NFL playoffs? Every fan is repping their team, ripping on refs bad calls and yet very few times do you hear positive things said about the other team. This is ever so apparent with Tom Brady – he is someone that every non-Patriot fan loves to hate. With Tom – I rarely hear fair representations of his character or skills.
Is this a problem with social media or is sports inherently that polarizing that we cannot see the good in people we don’t support and can only pick on the negative?
In 2018 – rhetoric around politics is exactly the same as with sports fandom. People on the left are entrenched in hating everything Trump or the GOP does while people on the right see no isues in anything that Trump or the GOP propose. I fully admit I despise Trump both as a man of completely failed moral character and as a politician. I think he brings out the worst in our political climate – yet i’ll hold off on that for a moment.
Regardless there are a few things Trump is correct about for example on immigration our politicians have failed to put forth any type of immigration reform going back all the way to Reagan and Bush. While I disagree that a border wall is going to be an effective use of resources – I hate to watch people on the left act like the US doesn’t have an immigration problem.
Yet it’s even worse – for years Republicans have only had issues with illegal immigrants. People that crossed the border, live and work here illegally were the target of discussion. Now that Trump is here concepts and policies like Temporary Protected Status and Chain Migration are the focus and for what reason? The jersey that each side wears determines the policies and positions that the person wearing it holds.
Conservatives have held for decades before Trump that a pious private life was a necessary attribute of a successful president according to a 2016 poll by the nonpartisan Brookings Institution in Washington.
“In 2011, only 30 percent believed that personal immorality was consistent with an ethical performance of official duties,” wrote William A. Galston, Brookings senior fellow of governance studies. “Today, 72 percent of white evangelicals — up an astounding 42 points — believe that the two can go together.”
For these reason – I have consciously decided to not identify with any party or classification of political identity. I support free speech, a lean government, free trade, strong regulatory organizations, LGBT rights, religious freedom, and social safety nets. Sound confusing? Let’s take off our political jerseys and talk about it.