Party Politics Distract From Democratic Processes

Journalism students visited Washington D.C. in Nov. and took pictures of the capitol building.

Photo by Conner Riley

Journalism students visited Washington D.C. in Nov. and took pictures of the capitol building.

Disputes between political parties and opposite views resulted in the widespread issue of party politics. Increased tension between politicians blocks progress on important issues in the country. Elected officials lose interest in important decisions because of the party politics they choose to battle first. Throughout the Trump era, party politics escalated to a point of no foreseeable end and politicians lost focus on the importance of beneficial legislation for the country due to opposition from the other party. 

The impeachment process displayed the most apparent fight between the political parties. There was no question of the House’s vote on impeachment because of the Democrat majority. Before the House vote, Americans predicted the Democrat-majority House would vote for impeachment before the Republican-majority Senate voted it down. The 2017 inauguration marked the beginning of the Democrat’s goal of impeachment of President Trump. The prioritization of the impeachment has taken all attention away from problematic matters at hand. Instead of focus drawn to the impeachment trials, politicians should prioritize the development of policy to aide the country.

Problems of health care, gun control and other hot topics deserve more attention than the articles of impeachment and moves each party has made. More discussion given to these items of importance would bring new policies passed to resolve some of the domestic issues that affect us every day. If Americans saw progress, it would ease their concern about these issues; as long as the impeachment trials remain the focus of everyone’s day, there will be no advancements.

Increased cooperation between politicians would allow more accomplishments for the American people; we would see an increase in American participation in politics. Citizens become hesitant of involvement in politics because of the apparent conflict between parties. More involvement from the population and collaboration from the parties would encourage more action to come from the government.

In response to party politics, Americans have multiple views on how to resolve the issue, while others do not believe of a problem’s existence. Independent voters rose in the previous election in an attempt to show moderate viewpoints. Independents believe the United States needs more than the two primary parties to encourage more middle-ground voters. While this may work to ease the conflict between the two parties, it will also increase the number of opinions on political topics and could divide the government further.

The political realm lost its sense of purpose when it shifted its focus onto party politics rather than the prioritization of important decisions for the country. Where we once entrusted our elected officials to take action on the needs of the United States, Capitol Hill remains stagnant with no accomplishments due to the resistance of entire parties. Officials should re-examine their purpose held in the government and focus on cooperating with other legislators to accomplish tasks instead of the battle with other parties.