Ignorance is not a political problem; it’s a human problem
What do George Soros, Maxine Waters, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, James Clapper, and Corey Booker have in common?
They’re all Democrats.
More alarmingly, they’ve all received packages filled with potentially active bombs by a sender who was anonymous up until earlier today.
According to a New York Times article, Bombing Suspect Arrested in Florida; Charged With 5 Counts, by William K. Rashbaum, Alan Feuer, and Adam Goldman, Florida man, Cesar Sayoc Jr., is responsible for sending these plain manilla, harmless-looking envelopes. In reality, each of these packages contained bombs as well as photographs of his intended targets, each marked with a red “X.”
Sayoc was actually caught and arrested this morning at 11am. Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions is unsure why Sayoc sent the packages in the first place, Sessions believes that Sayoc is a partisan. According to Sayoc’s Facebook page, he was at a Trump rally during the 2016 presidential campaign, wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. Furthermore, his white van is covered in conspiratorial stickers of Trump standing in front of flames and the American flag, Hillary’s face at the end of a rifle, blatant and conservative slogans/sayings like “CNN Sucks,” and many more.
There is no doubt that we live in a polarized country, one that is currently polarized more than it has ever been before. In my opinion, this disagreement in ideology, disunity in thought, is not a bad thing at all.
In an ideal world:
I believe disagreement is healthy. It is honestly refreshing that individuals don’t agree on healthcare policies, social reforms, tax cuts, etc.. This constant political stalemate over almost every issue may not be efficient in government. However, the drive to somehow overcome this constant gridlock, encourages us, as citizens, to exit the comfort of our own thoughts and beliefs and confront and understand the completely opposite perspective/opinion. The result is that we become so well-versed and involved in local and national issues and can thus make meaningful contributions to society perhaps by making much more informed voting decisions or taking the time to write a letter to a local Congressman about a pressing issue. The bottomline: this national ideological standoff is intellectually stimulating; it renders room for thought, debate, discussion, and most importantly, effective participation.
However, we live in a world far from ideal, where individuals like Sayoc exist. His bomb delivery to the various Democratic figures is more than just a political problem, more than just another example of the notorious Democrat and Republican standoff gone too far. His actions represent a human problem — ignorance.
Individuals like Sayoc attempt to overcome ideological stalemates by aggressively promoting and emphasizing their views, without even half-listening to what the other side has to say. Sayoc did not approve of Obama, Biden, and Clinton; he would constructively discuss these apprehensions with his neighbors all the time; the neighbors did not think much of it. To them, he was just a passionate Republican who really knew his “stuff.” However, his extremist van stickers, his conspiracy theories of the Parkland shooting on Twitter, and now his bomb packages sent to solely Democratic, anti-Trump figures shows his inability to tolerate, listen, and understand any alternative viewpoint, let alone Democratic and liberal ones.
However, the joke’s on him: the Republican cause he thought he was fighting for with the delivery of the bombs and the insensitive conspiracy theories on Twitter was never his cause to begin with.
It is true that Republicans and Democrats barely share any common social, political, and economic beliefs. Nonetheless, aside from all the hatred and disagreement, both sides definitely share one principle — a level of humanity, which transcends any social, political, and economic belief.
Today, there are too many individuals like Sayoc in the U.S., both Republican and Democratic, who are so caught up in their own mindsets and values that they forget there is another perspective worth considering. They become so protective of these values that when threatened, they are too blinded to realize the humanity that morally binds them to those they are arguing against. As a result, nowadays, in our far from ideal world, these ideological stalemates devolve into insensitive Twitter battles with NFL players, massive anti-Trump rallies right at the start of the Trump presidency, a travel ban on all Muslim countries to safeguard the U.S. from terrorism, and much more.