The division of the United States triggered by both sides of the political spectrum – The Daily Aztec
Tensions within the country remain exacerbated between the radicalized masses of the Democratic and Republican parties after the “Trump insurgency”, invented by CNN, January 6th. The stain on American history was just the pinnacle of a long-standing feud between parties fostered by social media, an endemic pandemic that lasts over time and conflicting ideologies that strive to be the dominant face. of the nation.
The beginning of our divided audience dates back over a decade. The United States has felt the impact of a divided nation since Barack Obama’s 2008-2016 presidency. Critics like Elaine kamarck argue that Obama’s legacy can be summed up by his one major legislative achievement, Obamacare, and his less than successful attempt to build his party.
Many believe it was Obama’s response to the Great Recession that gave President Trump access to the Oval Office. He had a choice between a great stimulus package developed by Christina Romer or a smaller, more refined stimulus advised by Lawrence Summers. He opted for Summers’ plan which promised a slow and stable recovery that would not be seen in Obama’s favor in the years to come.
According to Pew Research Center, in 2015, seven in ten Americans said government policies had done little or nothing to help the middle class hardest hit by the 2008 recession. The economy was a key argument in deciding who won the 2016 election. and President Trump’s most vaunted promise was that he would fix it.
Besides, Obama’s attempt to slow climate change has been rejected by law and prompted him to adopt several executive decisions of the creation a Council on climate preparedness and resilience to the Paris Climate Agreement. Original sound The global threat cap-and-trade bill was met with half-heartedness as it barely attempted to woo the Democratic Party to agree. All being executive actions, they were easily dismissed by President Trump, who declared that the scientific phenomenon “global warming” is a “hoax” and the policies hurt American businesses and the economy with them. According to Pew Research Center, President Obama’s approval rating was 88% among Democrats and 14% among Republicans. It was the biggest divide among partisan voters in the past 60 years.
In order to unify the country, it would have been in President Obama’s interest to at least seek the approval of his own party before taking the matter in hand. By failing to do so, he increased confusion within the Democratic Party and created a wedge between people who thought he was doing the right thing and those who believed deliberation was necessary before the government acted.
President Trump’s 2016 election was among the two most hated candidates in the past 30 years in American history, according to a USA Today Poll. In a mishmash of disrespectful campaigns and debates, the mismanagement of government emails by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned out to be a more damaging aspect to contend for the presidency than that of Donald Trump a feminist and blatant calm begotten by the infamous “discussion in the locker room” video. The Democratic loss was a particularly big blow to feminists as President Trump was elected despite the video’s debut. The tension of Trump’s assessment for touting sexual assault as a gift of being famous snowballed into the #MeToo movement just a year later in 2017. According to Orlon Rummler of Axios, as a result of women speaking out about their experiences of sexual assault, at least 201 powerful men have lost their important jobs or positions, including influential figures such as Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. The movement has created unity between feminists and their allies to bring victims of sexual assault to justice.
However, it also demonstrated to the public that social media can be used by anyone to damage a public figure’s reputation if public opinion can be swayed enough. An evolution of this idea within social media has created the ‘cancellation culture’ controversy that has tarnished the reputations of many public figures since 2019. The trend of social media has forced public figures and influencers to answer for their words from the past and at times caused the companies they are involved with to sever ties.
According to a Political poll in 2020, “27% of voters said canceling culture had a somewhat positive or very positive impact on society, but almost half (49%) said it had a somewhat negative or very negative impact. The controversial trend has sparked strong opinions on social media as liberals demonized celebrities of the past and conservatives lighted accusers with name-calling. It was a trend that gave the younger generations a power journey with their newfound influence on society and the older generations the opportunity to degrade the value of their opinions.
Likewise, the Black Lives Matter movement and the 2020 protests were found with a bipartisan outcry from dogged conservatives refuting “all lives matter“And ignited the liberals claiming”All cops are bastards. ” According to New York Times, the movement was perhaps the largest in US history, covering 550 locations across the country and sparking more than 4,700 protests since the protests began on May 26. The tragedies of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other names wrongly killed, mistreated or convicted by police brought those fed up with racism to the streets. In response, some conservatives chanted the phrase âall lives matterâ that hid black people behind their backs and argued that police brutality is experienced by more than black people alone. According to Kevin Liptak and Kevin Holmes, “Trump called the words “Black Lives Matter” a “symbol of hate” – a description he refused to use for Confederate emblems – that would spoil the “luxury avenue” he once called home. ”
President Trump drew a line in the sand and pinned the Republican Party and its National Guard on civil rights activists, further solidifying the divided state of the country. Republicans have ignited the opposition by declaring ‘me too’, while Democrats have singled out the entire police force instead of focusing on the immediate threat of cops not getting the penance they deserve .
Despite the controversy over whether this happens to others, police injustice shouldn’t have been a political issue. The unjust murder of citizens by their own law and order should have met a united front of Republicans and Democrats together.
The division in this country has been aided, encouraged, and frankly adored by ordinary individuals and powerful elites. The Trump uprising was the latest of the divisive manifestations, but has proven to be the breaking point for many Republicans loyal to Trump and their party, as reported Molly ball for time. It could be seen as a necessary tipping point to break out of a tainted legacy of citizens fighting against each other.
Tolerance and acceptance must be the defining characteristics of our society for years to come if change is to be positive. The feminist idea that all people should be treated equally must be universally accepted, but with a civil discussion of what equality means in government. The law that all people are innocent until proven guilty should be properly instilled in police training.
These ideas can be established within our government and our way of life without completely uprooting our most precious institutions and traditions. Both sides of the political spectrum have created divisions within the country, but it is up to the whole country to correct them.
Nicholas Ebadat is a second year journalism and film student. Follow him on Twitter @NEbadat.