In this volatile election year, remember unity, relationships trump disagreements

By Kim Salmon

Presidential election year is always hectic. Period. There is no question about it. Every four years candidates battle for the chance to change our nation by being elected the president of the United States. The entire process is strenuous not only for the candidates, but also for the citizens of the United States as they both wait for the end results. The closer the election becomes, the more people become more sensitive to that particular subject. All over the nation people are currently having multiple different feelings concerning the election.

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees American citizens freedom of religion, speech, petition, assembly and press. U.S. citizens have the right to state their opinions and stand by their beliefs because of this amendment, which means, of course, that there will be times when people don’t see eye to eye because people in general have different opinions and different ideas — especially when it comes to politics.

Not everyone will have the same mind set because our nation is surrounded by many different backgrounds or viewpoints. Political parties divide our nation based on their beliefs about concern topics dealing with our country. Abortion, gun control, economic issues, environment regulation, foreign affairs, etc. are just a few of the main topics that political parties debate.

But debating gets everyone’s emotions all rattled up, and it can be very entertaining to witness. Watching election debates keeps people informed about what each candidate believes in and what they are going to do in order to make their ideas come alive. Debating with others surrounding you can paint you a picture of other viewpoints, allow you to express your opinions, and help educate yourself on current topics.

However, if you don’t want to debate, you shouldn’t have to. Politics can be an uncomfortable subject to talk about, and it can cause tension between people. Differences in beliefs can cause people to not affiliate with certain people anymore, even loved ones, which is really is sad. Everyone’s opinions are their own, and it doesn’t mean that they have the “right” ideas or beliefs. No one has the right idea for the entire country, but your opinion is right for you. Opinions do not always lead to the correct decision. Stand by your opinion, but remember to be kind to everyone because relationships are incredibly important. Please do to not let differences in beliefs affect relationships, the way you interact with others or what you believe in.

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