Political Polarization is the Issue of Our Time

By Jesse Stokes, EDITOR IN CHIEF
On October 3, 2018

Some consider it to be climate change.

Others think it is immigration.

A few even point to the battle for the legalization of marijuana.

However, political polarization is the single-most prevalent issue of our time.

Merriam-Webster defines polarization as the “division between two opposites,” and that’s exactly the issue.


We, as a nation, need to realize that our political affiliation does not make us opposites of one another.

Some may think and vote conservatively and others liberal, but the fact of the matter is we are all Americans. We are not “opposite.” In the end, we have more in common than we have divisions.

We all have an equal amount of stake in the game.

According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2014, 92 percent of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat and 94 percent of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican.

In the era of President Donald Trump, the distance between right and left is only going to grow further.

Take Florida’s current gubernatorial race as a prime example of the far-left and far-right indoctrinated mindsets.

Andrew Gillum (D) seems to be putting the majority of his campaign focus on falling in line with topics important to the national Democratic Party.

Gillum is spreading a message of things like abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), because they sound good to the average left-leaning voter, though, if elected, his role as governor of Florida will have little to do with the management or abolishment of a federal agency.


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