Sectionalism was a major aspect of the Civil War, both as a leading cause to the war, as well as a prevailing idealism within the Union and Confederate war strategies. A growing divide between the Northern abolitionist ideology and the Southern slavery-oriented society. These differences have been seen anytime a new state applied for statehood, raising the question of whether said state should be a free state or a slave state. Conflicts arising from admitting new states grew more and more violent, as seen in the bloodbath that became Kansas when popular sovereignty became the answer to the free or slave state question.
The North and the South viewed each other as rivals, and every time one gained an advantage, or won on a certain issue, the other viewed it as a loss, rather than a mutual victory for the country as a whole. As these feelings of antagonism grew stronger, compromise between North and South became nothing short of a dream.
This led to the outbreak of the Civil War, which was a fight not to find a solution that both sides would find acceptable, but a fight to put both ideals to the ultimate test, and see which one would emerge victorious, to see which one was better.
Have We really learned from the mistakes of the past, or are We on Our way to repeating the same mistakes that Our forefathers have made 150 years ago?
While most people can view the current situation of the legislature as simple disagreements or stubbornness, the underlying idealism that causes this huge inefficiency in the government is exactly the one that caused the Civil War, sectionalism.
There are two political parties, yet neither wants to discuss the problems, neither wants to find a resolution to the problems, and neither wants to compromise. What the parties are doing is trying to destroy the opposing party, using a “ we are not great, but they’re worse” tactic in persuading people to join the given party’s stance on any given issue.
As Abraham Lincoln once said, “a divided house cannot stand”. Look for a resolution that satisfies both groups, and not one that gives one side everything, and the other side nothing. Republicans, why not try proposing something that both parties can support? Democrats, why not try to listen to your constituents? Obama isn’t the only person in the government that won an election.
Most importantly, do not let your ideological differences come in the way of solving problems facing the nation. Who knows, if these partisan ideals continue, you might be inciting the Second Civil War.
The White House. President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the Oval Office. Digital image.
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