Unformatted text preview: Ever since the birth of the Constitution there have been Americans with different ideologies debating over it. Ideologies can often come from your parents, your job, or even where you live. Americans living in different parts of the country is the biggest ideology changer; it can create very different viewpoints. From city to city in the United States you will find Ideologies that have nothing to do with with one another. Although Americans disagree on their ideological beliefs, most Americans still agree on the founding beliefs of the United States Americans are selfsegregating themselves dependent on their views and beliefs. According to Bill Bishop, author of
The Big Sort, Americans are being sorted into towns with people who live, think, and vote like each other. (Doc. A1). This is making America to become polarized; causing Americans to not know the beliefs of someone just a few miles away. Without knowing other Americans beliefs is causing Americans to become one sided just because they don't understand other Americans point of views, or what they have to deal with and the pain they have. Another example from David Horsev, author of the Seattle Post
Intelligencer, Conservatives believe that big cities are scary, and Liberals think that small towns are scary. The whole picture is pretty much saying that their beliefs are almost the opposite of eachother. (Doc. B2). This picture shows that even though we are all Americans, Americans can have very different view points on problems. These viewpoints are generated mostly because of where we live in the United States. Americans are becoming segregated by their viewpoints on different problems in the United States. Although Americans are segregated on their beliefs, most Americans still share major views. According to the
Government Alive textbook, although Americans disagree on a lot of specific issues, Americans still believe in the core values of American life, being Liberty, Equality, and Democracy. (Doc. A4). Almost every American whether they are Liberal or Conservative believes in core values of American life. This shows that no matter how different our beliefs are we can still agree on something. Another source is from the Pew Research: “Partisan Polarization and Trends in American Values”, it shows a graph that shows Democrats went from 33% to 32% and Republicans went from 31% to 24% in 22 years. While Independents went from 29 % to 38%. (Doc. B4). This shows that more and more Americans are starting to break the standard Conservative or Liberal scenario and start to make their own ideology, sharing their opinions with both sides of the spectrum. In conclusion, ideological division in the United States helps make our country better. With viewpoints from both the Conservative and Liberal sides of the spectrum it makes our government more complex with different issues. Even though Americans disagree on ideologies, they still believe in what our country was founded on; Liberty, Equality, and Democracy. ...
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- Spring '16
- Jill Davis