What Politics Has Taught Me

Priya Patel, Writer

              It is no question that this year’s presidential election was a big deal. Media channels would spend hours discussing our next president. Citizens were eager and passionate about the election. However, it was clear that there was a level of brutality to this election. If someone had a different political preference, they were often deemed “mean” or “un-American.” People even sought to physical and verbal violence, merely by which political party they supported.

            Yes, I understand. Politics are essential to America, and it is important, as citizens, to get involved. However, people seem to forget, in the end we are all united. No matter who becomes president, we all hope for growth and prosperity. Our society is not perfect, but we aim to live in a place where we are free to be anything we choose. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This phrase is only seven words, but holds such a powerful message. No matter who you voted for, that does not dictate who you are as a person. People believing violence and hatred is the only option is wrong. If you want America to be a better place, strive to become better people.

           This year, I learned politics can bring the best in people, but also the worst. Seeing people make such monumental mistakes was an eye-opener to me. We must respect others and keep an open mind. Listen to both sides and learn from one another. Some people have the concept of politics wrong. Yes, it is about who will lead our country, but really it is about how we see America in the future. It is up to you. Do you see it as broken, beat down, or do you see it as a happy, safe haven?