A recent study by the University of Maryland showed that 48% of each political party hates the other party. What is remarkable is that neither party is intentionally promoting political hatred. The percent of members who are engaged in hate is about the same for each party. Elections are how we run our country so why should any of us involve hatred in our elections?
I became an involved in politics in 1964. As a 21-year-old, I did not join a political party nor did I run for office, but I supported candidates I liked. I wore their campaign buttons and are discussed with my friends which candidate I thought was best. Though there were candidates and officeholders who I did not like, I did not hate any of them nor did I hate the people who supported them.
All voters are American citizens. Why should we hate any of them? In the 55 years I have participated in our election of office holders, I have never been aware of such intense hatred as we have seen in recent years. Both parties have good and bad candidates, and both good and bad officeholders have risen from each party. Rather than wasting our energy hating anybody, we should have the attitude that we are going to vote the bad officeholders out of office in the next election.In the last 55 years there have been several presidents and many members of Congress that I have disliked but none are or were bad enough to hate.
If we need to disagree, disagree politely. Put your energy into helping good candidates get nominated for your party, and put your energy into trying to get votes for those good candidates.