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Two wrongs don’t make a right in America

Part of being ourselves, whoever we are, is having a set of ideas and beliefs that make up our value system.

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.

About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. no, this two party dictatorship comes very handy to the people with power.

  2. They should change their names to Hatfields and McCoys. And yes, I really truly believe it will end. I looked in the bible and went to the last page. Spoiler Alert ***Yes, it’s a happy ending. :D

  3. They are solutions to some of the problems in this count$ry,but it stops the flow of money….Therefore, the constant debating and the endless catering to the some special interest groups , ultra-religious groups or whatever…keeps the money flowing ….

  4. The lack of real change proves that the two party system intent was to keep us divided on issues they dont even care about while they accomplish what “they” want. This is just to keep us busy fighting and entertained while our real freedom is detriorated. Obama said he would repeal the Patriot act. Instead he renewed it and then signing the NDAA and HR 347. So the claim on protecting civil liberties and our freddom by either party is a farce.

  5. “America is not wonderland. We are far behind other developed countries in almost every important aspect. ”
    That statement is a shining beacon of ignorance. How is USA “far behind other developed countries in almost EVERY ‘important’ aspect”?

  6. I am an independent btw. But the liberal vs conservative aspect of USA is a good one, people will never fully agree or be completely “right” and that is why “compromise” is a best case scenario.

  7. America is not wonderland? We are far behind other developed countries in almost every other aspect? LOL WTH, am I living in the wrong country? Not sure what this column was all about and or where it’s going, but it’s so totally off base.

  8. Tim: LOL. Totally ignorant. I can’t help but SMFH.

  9. I can only assume that the person who wrote this article hasn’t been to every other developed country. lol

  10. tim is kinda correct… we have fallen from grace and not one or two spots in the world lol try more than 20+ in education alone… america IS NOT GREAT… the current and new generations are far less educated than their own parents and now doing worse. This entire left right show is just that a show for the small minded people.

  11. There is very little difference between the mainstream of the two parties on important issues, and no real “choice” as long as the stooges of bankers and lobbyists (Bush, Obama, McCain, Romney, Clinton, etc.) are always propped up . Regardless of which party wins, the Rothschilds win and the people lose.

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