Political Arguments? No Thanks!

By Amy Wagner on September 8, 2013

I’ve sworn off arguing about politics.

Speculation about possible 2016  presidential candidates for both the Democratic and Republican parties is already well underway. While many Americans are still recovering from the avalanche of campaign ads that accompanied the 2012 election, there’s no denying that the 2016 election will soon be at the center of political dialogue in the United States.

Seeing various news stories on TV or reading articles online surrounding what could happen in 2016 has caused me to think more about politics in recent weeks. I’ve always prided myself on being politically aware. This is thanks in part to two amazing parents that have taught me, among other valuable things, to refrain from burying my head in the sand when it comes to politics and to know what my views are. I smile when I remember knowing exactly who I supported in the 2004 election and why. I can proudly say that I’ve never blindly agreed with my parents when it comes to politics. Instead, I choose to research the issues for myself to make informed, educated decisions as an American citizen who is proud (and ecstatic) about the right to vote.

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In my adult life, I’ve come into contact with countless other people who are as knowledgeable and passionate about politics as I am. I’ve had the privilege of having amazing conversations with some of these individuals, in which we shared our views and beliefs in an open and non-judgmental atmosphere. We acknowledged that we might disagree about some ideas, but that this wouldn’t keep us from having a constructive dialogue. I call these political conversations.

However, some of these people have called me stupid, inane, mindless, or any variation of inflammatory words such as these, simply because they happened to disagree with me politically. I’ve also been told that because of my gender, I must know absolutely nothing about politics. (Absence of a Y chromosome determines political knowledge? That’s news to me.) Still others just won’t stop trying to drive their point home even after I’ve indicated that I don’t want to take part in such a heated exchange. Obviously, these would be termed political arguments.

I was never very much into political arguments in the first place. Different people have diverse life philosophies and worldviews, and getting into someone’s face and telling them that they’re stupid isn’t going to help anyone, nor is tirelessly trying to convince them that one’s own ideas are true and correct. When it comes to politics, can’t we all just agree to disagree, while expressing this disagreement in a calm, civilized manner?

By now, some of you are probably shaking your heads violently, ready to tell me how wrong I am and how political arguing is indeed the way to go. You’re entitled to your opinion, and I to mine. But please…let’s not argue about it.

Amy is a third-year student at the University of Denver majoring in Communication Studies, with concentrations in organizational and intercultural communication, as well as minoring in business and international studies. She is a Colorado native, avid reader, coffee drinker, lover of all things active, and now, thanks to Uloop, a writer.

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