Bringing the Country Back Together

Why do we think the people on the other side are crazy?

Photo by Mimi Thian on Unsplash

Our increasingly partisan world

We live in bubbles. I live in a bubble. I have no illusions about that.

It felt bleak, during election night

Things looked bleak last night for voters in Blue Massachusetts. It felt like 2016, all over again. The onslaught of key race insights and developing vote tallies threw cold water into the face of our months-long mantra of 'how could Trump ever be elected again?'

America is growing … further apart

America is growing more liberal. It's also growing more conservative. If we weren't living through it, this wouldn't make sense.

How did we get here?

We got here because we're unwilling to listen to the other side. As John Kasich told CNN on November 4, "if we don't [listen to the other side, we will] have this unbelievable siloed effect in America."

When we walk away, nothing gets done

When we walk away, we tell the other side that their views don't matter. That we don't care what they think. That their needs don't matter to us.

Two countries sharing one space

Watching the results of the 2020 presidential election come in, it's clear that division exists between urban and suburban voters and voters who live in rural areas. There's a "Blue US" and a "Red US." It’s like we live in two countries that are forced to share the same space. Because we do.

Putting America back together

We need to get united. That’s going to mean listening to the other side, and understanding why they feel ignored.

Writer / Photographer / Linguist / MBA

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