It has been said all throughout the election that a Joe Biden presidency will heal America, heal the divide, and make America actually great again. Unfortunately, things are never that simple. Whether it be a Republican in the White House or a Democrat, there will always be division. There would not be two political parties if there was total unity. This is not because of a simple difference of opinions between conservatives and liberals, but because of a difference of morals.
Conservatives and liberals have very conflicting ideas when it comes to morals and values. Conservatives are pro-life and believe all life is precious, liberals are pro-choice and believe it is a woman’s right to do as she pleases with her body. Conservatives believe in limited government and traditional values such as marriage being between a man and a woman, whereas liberals want bigger government and are for evolution of ideas and LGBT rights.
These morals and values that both conservatives and liberals hold fast to are the reasons why a Democratic administration will not bring true unity or shift the divide, just like a Republican administration could not bring about these results. Doing so would mean conservatives would have to abandon their morals, values, beliefs, etc., and agree fully to what the Democratic Party believes and vice versa.
Neither side will ever give up their ideals when they come with such strong values, but, just because the divide will never truly go away, does not mean both sides cannot find common ground and respect the other’s opinion.
There can never really be a nation without divide. It would not be America, land of the free, if everyone agreed on every matter, political stance, value, and so on. Differences do not have to be a bad thing. Differences can help educate and create understanding between the opposing sides. There will of course be those on the far right or far left who take differences to the extreme and are unable to even listen to the other side, but for those who are strong in their morals, and want a somewhat united country (or one that can at least coexist), they need to be willing to listen to the opposing side and find common ground.
Instead of focusing solely on the differences that cause the divide, the focus should be on respecting the other side’s opinion and working together in a way that can benefit both sides without the other having to give up their beliefs. This is easier said than done, but, if the subject was to be tackled from the perspective of, “We think differently, but how can we use these differences for a common goal?” rather than, “We think differently and can no longer speak to each other,” then a lot more could be done to fix the spread of hatred and the “divide” that everyone so desperately wants to eradicate.
Just because there will always be a divide, does not mean we cannot find unity through kindness, understanding, and respect.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.