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Letter: America is divided by partisan politics

America is divided by partisan politics

Tensions are high on Capitol Hill as Democrats and Republicans battle over the selection of government officials. The feud, while long-existent, substantially heightened during the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump, the dogmatic, offensive and unorthodox Republican candidate, emerged as the unlikely winner of the race. Trump’s success was unexpected because his campaign harped on divisive rhetoric, calling for a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. and advocating violence, among other things.

Partisanship further deteriorated as Trump selected Cabinet picks. Trump’s nominees generally share similar attributes: that is, little to no government experience and hefty bank accounts. It is understandable that Democrats are frustrated: Our country is being governed by unqualified elitists. Nearly all of Trump’s Cabinet members are former CEOs who expect to manage their respective agency as they would a corporation. Unfortunately, these Cabinet members and the president fail to comprehend that procedures in the private sector do not transfer to the public sector in most instances.

The latest and most notable partisan skirmish occurred earlier this month with the contentious appointment of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats attempted to filibuster the vote. However, Republicans defeated the filibuster by reducing the 60-vote Senate confirmation requirement needed to appoint a Supreme Court justice to 51 votes.

With their recent losses, Democrats appear irritated and eager to combat Republicans. We can surely anticipate more conflicts as to how our home is governed.

Philip Pierre


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