Voters Are More Similar Than They Are Different
Voters of the opposition party don’t hate America, they just vote differently than you. The Democratic and Republican Parties have been around for 150 years now. They are hardly antithetical to America. It’s unrealistic and frankly naively to expect purity out of politics.
How Bad Are They Really?
If one party is so bad and the other is so great, then why do both have roughly the same number of voters? How come more voters choose to remain unaffiliated? How come a party that wins a Presidential election almost always loses the midterm that follows? In America, no political philosophy will permanently dominate. Instead, they will remain strange bedfellows in a shared political power structure.
Grand Battle Between Good and Evil
It’s laughable that people buy into this dramatic, exaggerated narrative for it’s largely removed from the day to day governance of those who temporarily hold elective office. The reality of politics and governance is boring, so both parties have created scenarios (plausible or not) to induce people to vote. It’s hard to understand for some, but having a difference of opinion does not connote evil.
Political beliefs do not make people better or worse. It means they vote a certain way one day of every two years. The Constitution handles the rest. Canned responses that lean left and right are predictable but not altogether unexpected. The amount of groupthink and conformity among both parties is very telling, and is clearly perpetuated by top down propaganda. Most don’t recognize it because they’re too wrapped up in it. That’s why it’s called ‘identity politics’.
Opposing political parties want policies that opposing constituents and politicians believe would be bad for America. That is because they sincerely believe that those policies would be good, and not because they want bad outcomes. They are mistaken, as we all have been at times. That is something all voters have in common.