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How Can America Fix its Problems with Civil Discourse?

Ryan Beltran

Posted on November 10, 2020 06:00

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Political and social discourse has been extreme over the years, especially with the countless controversial topics that have developed in America. Each year it seems many Americans who hold different opinions and get more infuriated with each other about these issues.

One of the valuable benefits of American democracy is our right to freedom of speech, which is not just a valuable individual right but a sense of our identity as Americans.

Our freedom of speech has given us the ability to make changes in our government and make America grow over the years. Being able to express our own ideas has also given the citizens the ability to participate in civil discourse and discuss our own beliefs without any moderation, restriction, or control by the government or authoritarian powers.

This precious right has luckily been preserved by all Americans, though over the last couple of years America has struggled to solve an ongoing issue with civil discourse that has brought a certain type of division to America.

For me, these issues have highlighted the negative impact of how toxic civil discussion has become and how it has stalled the ability for America to get back to a sense of calmness that it used to have.

To be fair, I don’t believe all Americans are like this and I believe most people in America from Democrat, Republican, or Independent are good Americans who just believe their opinions are best for America.

Nevertheless, from the discussions I have seen on social media and on cable news networks, the simple nature of civil discourse has become so polarized nowadays to the point like it has become a contest for people to want to prove they are morally superior; sometimes attacking the character of people they disagree with.

When you read comments on media platforms or go on Twitter, people of all political spectrums take part in a lot of name-calling about the other side they disagree with. With conservatives, liberals are "snowflakes" or "radical socialists" and then with liberals it’s the same rhetoric accusing certain conservatives of being "fascists" or "secretive white supremacists". 

This constant bickering back and forth seems to continue to escalate each year and things like this really hurt any future compromise in America.

I personally don’t associate myself with any political party and I mean that. I would actually say that I believe many ideals from the left and from the right because I believe these ideas are truly for the best of all the people.

It’s easy for people to blame others who they think will hurt America based on that particular viewpoint, but American citizens just can’t let these emotions go to an extreme and force situations that don’t need to happen. 

The United States isn’t perfect, however the right to free speech is so valuable that Americans must use this to find benefits for everyone regardless of politics, race, and religion. Attacking people who you don’t agree with shouldn't be the case for discussion to  help America be better. Civil discourse can still be a huge part in providing more progress like we have seen in the past in the history of America.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on November 10, 2020 06:00

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