For example, many of us believe in God, others believe in many gods, and some people don’t think god exists. It’s all cool, and we all get along, right? Not really. In this democracy where the government has stepped aside and given us the freedom to choose the belief systems we want to subscribe too, there’s an enemy that the people of the United States need to watch out for: each other.
Nowadays, most Americans can be described as either conservatives or liberals. Even if you’re not political or fit strictly into one of those categories, your stand on certain issues (like abortion, taxes, immigration, private property, and religion) will put you in one box or the other.
In general, conservatives tend to be traditional and individualistic; they believe every man is out for himself. Liberals tend to advocate government intervention on most issues, in other words they want the government to fix things. Nevertheless, neither side has proved competent enough to get the country out of the hole. They both claim to have the truth and the right mindset for progress, but results are yet to be seen.
The lack of real change proves that it does not matter who is right or wrong. At this point, we all know that America is not wonderland. We are far behind other developed countries in almost every important aspect. And while major issues remain unresolved at the governmental level, the people are too distracted fighting each other in ridiculous debates over opinion. America was founded upon the ideal of freedom (freedom of press, speech, assembly) and we are denying each other that capacity when we try to impose our values and beliefs on others.
Whether you think gay people should be exterminated or that they should be allowed to marry, unless you are willing to become political about it, your opinion really doesn’t do much for the country. When you decide to share it, and you have a constitutional right to do so, you must do it in a respectful manner accepting the others’ right to disagree with you. Although to be realistic, by adulthood most people have their minds set on their opinions, so your lecturing will most likely be in vain. And sometimes even in light of opposing facts, people will cling to their beliefs.
The liberal-conservative debate is a game of no winning, as Daniel Cubias puts it, “The liberal ideas of today will become the conservative ones of the future, and the cycle will continue.” The beauty of it lies not in who is “right” but in our right to make a choice over it. You decide what you want to subscribe to. But, so does everybody else.
So even if you disagree, you don’t get to push your views on others. That’s also wrong; and two wrongs don’t make a right in America.