Our culture consistently struggles with an obsession over not getting enough of Trump, while simultaneously being way too overwhelmed with controversy over the 45th president of the United States. It's a country divided, for sure. Growing up in a conservative household, I saw the conservative side of things. The right made sensee to me. The left did not. As I aged, however, I came to understand the other side of things. Eventually, I realized (as the peacekeeper I've come to be, or at least tried to be) I cannot take a side. I understand certain ideas from both the conservative and liberal viewpoints, and I have come to the conclusion that choosing a side won't solve any of the actual issues we need to be solving.

During American Studies of my junior year (in highschool), we learned that George Washington explained that a two party system would be the ruin of this country. Hello?? Did we not think he had some point in saying this?? In my opinion, he was completely right. The news focuses so hard on one-sided stories nowadays, creating further division that political figures build their entire reputations and power off of. It's time to start electing politicians that focus on uniting the country, not rewarding one side over the other. Politicians need to start focusing on love, not hate.

No matter your position on politics, if you look at Donald Trump's record, you'll know he hasn't been consistent in his views. He's a businessman, and he sees most thing has a competition. Respect to him for the success he has had when it comes to business, but the downside includes that competition results in exclusion and isolation. Take tariffs, for example. If you don't keep up with news, you should still know trade with China isn't going well, thanks to the raising of taxes Trump has implemented as a 'business power move.' While Trump sees this as making more money for the country, at the end of the day its damaging our relationship with another incredibly powerful nation.

You can also look at this entire government shutdown debacle to quickly understand where division takes us… literally, nowhere. It's been weeks without progress, people, weeks. You really can't get a more basic example than this.

Here is an important message that American citizens throughout the history of the country have seemed to have quite a hard time getting through their head: just because someone is different than you, doesn't make them any less than you. At the end of the day, we are all human beings with the desire to be accepted and loved. When it comes to the issues that face our people and our Earth, we can't solve anything if we continue to disagree on everything. Let's stop arguing and start listening. I'm tired of watching screaming matches on my television of people that refuse to see eye to eye.

If you know me, you know I would do anything to have someone like Oprah to lead our country. Someone that truly wants to make this country a more inclusive nation and united home for its citizens. Not someone that is in it for the power, money, or fame. As diversity increases, technologies advance, and new ideas bloom, it should be fascinating to see where politics leads us.

At the end of the day, these are only several of my personal opinions, that I am sure will continue to develop over the course of my life (I do happen to be only 19 at the current time of writing this). Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, which is one of the most beautiful things about America. As an aspiring journalist, though, it can get difficult to dive into a politics with my mindset that so opposes division. It is hard to disagree on such big topics with friends and family, which is exactly why I refer to myself as a member of the 'purple party.' The perfect blend of right and left - a place where everyone is welcome and valued! The perfect place for the United States to get united, because as George Washington warned himself, a divided political system can only end in our nation becoming the Divided States.

Call me too full of hope, too optimistic, maybe even a little loopy to think people will ever be able to find common ground on today's issues. But I like to think I've managed to pack a lot of life into my 19 years on Earth, and the most important thing I've learned from this life is that it is always, ALWAYS, better to choose love over hate. So start treating others the way you like to be treated, because the big changes have to start somewhere, right?