First Take

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - By Ro­ge­lio Yu­beta Oli­vas, news ed­i­tor

A friend of mine was re­cently in­volved in a heated back-and­forth on Face­book with one of his for­mer class­mates. As is the case with most Face­book ar­gu­ments, the is­sue was pol­i­tics.

A mu­tual friend was try­ing to play peace­maker and wrote some­thing that caught my at­ten­tion: “A per­son’s po­lit­i­cal party doesn’t de­fine him.”

I wanted to agree with him, but I know that, sadly, in to­day’s toxic po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, it does.

It seems that more peo­ple now are iden­ti­fy­ing them­selves as ei­ther Demo­crat or Repub­li­can in­stead of as Amer­i­cans. Or they don’t view mem­bers of the op­pos­ing party as “good Amer­i­cans.”

The vit­riol and in­tol­er­ance are seen ev­ery day on so­cial me­dia, cable TV and in in­ter­ac­tions be­tween peo­ple.

Will Amer­i­cans ever re­turn to re­spect­ing op­pos­ing views, or is this the new nor­mal?

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