Small segments of people are driving most of the political hate.
They exist on social media platforms, joining new ones as they are kicked off by others. They seemingly exist to have conflict and violence. They get on TV to yell at each other and push their echo chamber beliefs.
We must remember they are the minority. Most of us agree on most outstanding issues.
We believe our taxes are too high. We believe the government spends too much money. We think people should be free to live their lives, but not to an extent to hurt other people around them. We believe that those living in tough times require help. We do not like policing the world. We appreciate free trade because it gives us goods we can afford. We want an immigration system to let people in but keep people out if they seek to come here illegally.
From these agreements, and others, we develop disagreements on the solutions, but we can’t let that divide and break us socially.
Take the Indiana constitutional amendment. It is called a Balanced Budget amendment. It takes what is illegal, long-term debt, as very short-term debt is already legal, and makes it legal if two-thirds of the legislature approves it. It makes long-term debt legal! Think about that. Is that something you want to approve, making long-term debt legal for the State government?
It is about taking your principles and beliefs, then applying it. I personally, cannot approve an amendment like that. The heart is in the right place, but the language of the amendment is suspect.
Will the amendment cause the end of the world? No. It just isn’t worth voting YES on in my opinion.
If we stick to loving our neighbors as Christ loved us, living out life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we will be having a more civil society. Everyone can see we have issues to address, but we can address them together, educating each other, finding that common ground and building our community off of that.