One way that the hatred of politicians is spread is through the way that we, as voters, have discussions about political topics. We are often close-minded and think through the lens of “What does my candidate/party believe?” or “Why is the other side wrong?” rather than thinking through problems on an issue-by-issue basis. When we think this way, we paint all arguments as black and white, and half of the population as political enemies. In truth, we all live in the same country and want to improve it. We just have different ideas of how to go about doing that.
A major reason that Americans tend to think this way about politics is that they put themselves in ideological bubbles. They get their news from people who share their political beliefs, and are rarely challenged to think about an issue from another perspective. People get their news from opinionated articles and videos on Facebook, late night shows on TV, talk show hosts, and news outlets that tend to reinforce certain political beliefs. Obama battled with Fox News during his presidency, and Trump has certainly let us know how he feels about CNN.
Americans need to acknowledge the humanity of public servants and think critically about political topics. As an aspiring journalist, I hope that I can help with the latter. I would also encourage those of you who read the opinion articles by the Papyrus to interact with the writers in a peaceful, yet constructive way. I am honestly disappointed when I write an article that I know people will disagree with, and absolutely nobody talks to me about it either on social media or in person. I hope that I can speak for all of the writers when I ask you to have conversations with us. Writers have the unique opportunity on a small campus to encourage discussion in a way that a massive publication can’t, and I want to take as much advantage of that as possible.