I had not ever really understand the idea of political polarization before this class. I feel as though I had seen instances of it but when actually learning the term in class made these situations more present and more relevant when looking at the political world
I keep saying they as if my friends were the only guilty ones and I was sitting on the side-lines as the all mighty one able to see both sides. Which is wrong, I was just as guilty of it during the election as my friends were. While I understood some of the things my candidate did were wrong, there was no way I was going to admit it. I was going to point out the flaws of the opposing candidate because I was acting closedminded and unwilling to see from the other perspective. While neither candidates were perfect, in fact they were both far from it, they both had faults. But because of this idea of political polarization, everyone views their own belief as the only right one and refuse to admit any part of theirs as wrong. This causes problems, especially because instead of finding middle ground and seeing the positive aspects to the opposing candidates we constantly keep a narrow minded view of them as the enemy.