Respect Political Diversity: Keeping an Open Mind
Despite our best efforts, it’s impossible to know exactly what the future of liberalism is. We can watch trends and poll voters to learn where they stand, but ultimately, economic and social factors at the local, national, and global levels will all impact political views and ideologies, and we can’t predict our future with accuracy. This is why it’s important to respect political diversity.
Those beliefs may be shared by millions who will direct and influence our country’s policies moving forward, and it’s important to understand them at a foundational level.
Respecting Political Diversity by Promoting Civil Dialogue
One of the reasons it’s important to respect political diversity is to allow for productive dialogue between political parties and even between members of the same party whose opinions and values differ. Civility and open conversation seem to be lost arts, as most political discussions result in division and animosity, but we know that change is only possible if we step outside our comfort zone to understand others. By engaging in civil dialogue, it’s possible to open minds to new ideas and to socialize those ideas, so they’re familiar concepts if and when they become part of the national dialogue.
Maintaining National Safety and Security
Another reason it’s important to respect political diversity is to maintain safety. While difference of opinion is healthy, it’s important that we are able to stand united against threats to our safety, security, and well-being as a nation. Respecting our differences, rather than dividing over them, helps our defense systems stay strong and effective. The future of liberalism, republicanism, and the country depend on strong, effective defense.
Strengthening our Political System
Political diversity is critical to a well-functioning government and is one of the hallmarks of the United States as a representative democracy. Our lawmakers represent their diverse constituents whose experiences of the world inform their voting habits and ideologies. The result is richer policies that lawmakers and citizens believe are worth fighting for, and that are improved through the iterative, bipartisan legislative process. The future of liberalism relies on political diversity to fortify our nation’s political system.