BY: NICK SAWICKI, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Great empires never last forever. Eventually, they succumb to a cascade of external pressures that target weakness already festering within the civilization. For the Romans, their rapid overexpansion and subsequent internal political disputes made it challenging to defend their vast territory. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Qing dynasty’s 2000-year tradition of empirical rule came to an end when pressures from foreign powers fed on the growing disloyalty between peasants and Qing rulers.
America, too, is undeniably one of the modern era’s greatest world powers, as well as an important leader on the world stage. Though other nations never willingly admit this, our standard of living and strong middle class are envied by the rest of the world. And despite our many shortcomings on the matter, we are privileged with ample opportunities to achieve the “American Dream.”
However, history teaches us that no world power lasts forever. As unfathomable as it sounds, America will one day cease to be the shining city on a hill that it is today. The only question is, how, and when will that day come?
We may never know when it will happen, but one simply needs to observe the growing trend of partisanship before people in government to answer how. Issues of paramount importance like healthcare reform or taxes are stonewalled by our representatives who leave absolutely zero chance of bipartisan compromise being made on the matter. They cling to their principles, more focused on satisfying their impatient constituents than enacting change to improve citizen’s lives. Such inconsiderate behavior has proliferated across the nation, resulting in a culture where individuals are no longer willing to hear the other side of an argument. Many choose to obtain their news from only one source, promulgating parochial rhetoric and inflammatory partisan bias. Some have even gone so far as to cut ties with friends of differing viewpoints, shaming them personally on social media for their beliefs.
If we all just paused, took a step back, and looked at the big picture, we would see that compromise and bipartisanship will not result in the demise of the U.S. – the divisiveness and indecency that we have allowed to metastasize within our great nation, will. The day will come when the future of our nation depends on our ability to unify against a common enemy. If this deplorable pattern of behavior continues, I am certain that we will not be able to do so.
All politics aside, Hillary Clinton had it right from the start – we are stronger together. The only thing that can stop U.S. from collapse, is us.