Op Ed: The Dilemma Of Political Tribalism

I’m a conservative. See what happened? From now on, half of you will completely disregard anything I have to say — no matter how much merit there is to my arguments, on the basis of claiming that I am a conservative. On the other hand, the other half of you will agree with me no matter what — no matter how awful my arguments are, merely because I am a conservative. That is political tribalism — and it could be one of the biggest issues the United States is going to have to address in the 2020’s.

According to The Banner, political tribalism is defined when “loyalty to the political tribe is more important than loyalty to anything else.” The Banner elaborated on this statement: “It means that tribe members will go to any lengths to defend their tribe’s leader—be it Trump or Obama—from any criticisms or wrongdoings, regardless of facts.”

Are we really a people that “will go to any lengths” to fight for our leaders “from any criticisms or wrongdoings” — without any accountability?

Ask yourself the same question. This was really hard for me to answer, but I unfortunately believe that is truly the reality.

The hypocrisy of political tribalism is rooted everywhere in 2020. What does that look like exactly? Here’s an example.

Back in 2008, many Democrats were worried about Dominion voting machines — that they could be manipulated and could alter ballots, citing claims that the Smartmatic software was invented to help Hugo Chavez get re-elected in a “rigged” election. The outcry got to the point that even the Simpson’s portrayed a scene where Homer tried to vote for Obama — and the result ended in many votes for McCain instead. Now we are in 2020 — and what has happened?

The roles have flipped. Now it fits the Democrats’ agenda better to claim that Dominion Voting Systems “work well” and it helps Republicans to say that they “rigged” the 2020 Presidential election. If these machines are really this bad, where was the Republican Party in 2008 and where is the Democratic Party now? Who’s correct — and at what time were they correct? That, unfortunately, we may never know.

In reality though, politicians have very little power over political positioning and what the actual policy chosen is for their party. That influence comes from the media, primarily through mainstream channels.

With mainstream media outlets reporting half-truths that fit their agenda, people aren’t provided the full context of stories that they need. And as a result, the people push their politicians to draft legislation that fits those agendas — getting the same political tribalism and hypocrisy that we see today in the Untied States.

The real culprit for the political tribalism that we see in American politics today is the mainstream media — and that is why, from now on at the Fort Collins Sentinel, we are on a mission to hold them all accountable!