The U.S. is highly divided, particularly in terms of ethnicity, class, political views and, crucially, urban or rural backgrounds, argue Jose A. Delreal and Scott Clement of the Washington Post. They cite an extensive Washington Post survey that highlights the strong cultural divide that exists within the country. In particular, rural Americans feel very united in their alienation from urbanites, especially regarding how the country is being run. Issues like immigration, the decline of Christian values, and welfare for minorities stand out. The deep ideological gap between Americans was only exacerbated by the recent election.
No matter what the political situation may be, America remains united by a set of core values that all its citizens hold, writes the Editorial Board of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Ultimately, most people share beliefs in freedom of religion and speech, democracy, peace, fairness, and that each American should be able to decide their own path in life. The focus shouldn’t be on the barriers that are being put between people but on the deeper principles that unite them. Disagreements are a healthy part of democracy, and the U.S. has fostered a unique environment where every discussion can be had openly.