Methods to Fix America’s Political Polarization


Daniel Hannoush, Contributing Writer

As our country moves closer to a new presidency, we can see a large political divide within our country—to the point where people are rioting and going crazy. All of this uproar can only leave us with one question; “So what are some things we can do to move closer together as a nation and stray from political polarization?”  Here’s the answer; compiled below, is a list of methods to begin combating this issue and moving toward a politically harmonized America:

Don’t rely on big media outlets as your main source of information

It has been proven from time and time again that big media outlets such as Fox News, CNN, The Washington Post, and MSNBC, just to name a few, are not the most reliable sources for political fact and all have their biases. For this main reason alone, it is imperative that people conduct their own personal research on any given topic that they are curious about. You can find some small, and unbiased news sources such as AllSides.

Don’t be the instigator, especially in a public environment

The worst thing an individual can do is have a petty argument over politics, especially in a public setting. Usually, this causes an unwanted scene, and once that happens the people having the argument begin using inappropriate language and slander in order to please such crowd and get a reaction. Not to mention that arguing about politics is looked down upon in public settings. Before instigating an argument, remember these three things: will this hurt my reputation? Do I think I can change this person’s beliefs? Is this really worth my time?

Don’t be a sheep, think for yourself

As stated earlier, voting for someone or something based solely on party affiliation is dangerous to maintaining a truthful democracy. Statements such as “Vote blue no matter who,” and “Vote red ‘till your dead’” can confuse people who are not involved in politics and pressure them into doing something they might not want to. This can also compromise the final goal of becoming more politically civil as a nation. Vote based on your own experiences and values, not based on what a party believes.

Don’t judge someone just because of their political beliefs

 If you are going to say something hurtful or insensitive to someone just because of their political beliefs, that is one of the highest signs of immaturity especially within politics. Think before you speak. It might be obvious, but you would be surprised how often people actually do not think before speaking, or necessarily think of the consequence for what they are about to say. If you can assume a person’s political opinion based on what political party you think they belong to, then you may be missing a great opportunity for a meaningful conversation.

Don’t force your beliefs onto others

If you have ever found yourself in a debate over politics, and after testifying your opinion the other person(s) mind has not changed…. Stop. According to Berkeley University’s Greater Good Magazine, “Psychological research suggests that once our minds are made up on important matters, changing them can be as difficult as stopping a train hurtling at full speed, even when there is danger straight ahead.”. This proves that once people have their minds made up, you really cannot change that. It is just better to agree to disagree, and move on. You can be friends and not talk about politics… there are lots of other things to talk about. Moreover, it is not a terrible thing to surround yourself with people with diverse opinions and views.