Partisan politics can sharply divide families, groups of friends, and of course the two houses of Congress. Liberals push for more free social services and big government, while conservatives advocate for private property rights and smaller government. Diehard members of either party usually have trouble understanding the opposing viewpoints, but we all agree that America’s political system is dominated by two main parties: Democrats and Republicans. The two sides are often depicted as being at war, and emotions from both sides run high and strong. This is especially true during an election year like we are currently in.
It seems that administrations often go left for a couple of terms, then right, then left again. Right now, we are experiencing the effects of the far-right Trump administration, including his tightening certain policies and repealing some Obama-era overreaches. By swinging right, left, right, and back again continuously, the constantly moving political pendulum prevents the federal government from settling into the extremes located at the far reaches of either side. The tension created by two constantly competing parties probably keeps the country as close to the center as it’s going to get.
A unified government seems ideal yet unattainable. A Congress where all the representatives cooperated and worked together under the leadership of the President seems like a perfect paradigm. But no group of people can agree on everything issue. Questioning and examining political policies and elected officials from the opposing viewpoint is healthy. Maybe the constant friction and tension that exists between the two main parties serves as its own self-regulating system of checks and balances.