In light of today’s political climate, the university’s political science department has begun having brief discussions revolving around topics such as Kavanaugh, the new South Dakota governor and even the tax increases of cigarettes.
These conversations are held in MUC room 212 and while the conversations are lively and relevant, the issue rises that involvement from students outside of the political science department is low.
Why is this? We are in a time when our involvement in politics is incredibly important. If we want to see reform, we need to be aware of what political subjects need reformation. But beyond that, we need a platform where different perspectives can be expressed without fear of ridicule or backlash.
Yes, in a perfect world everyone would view political issues the same way. This is, however, not a perfect world.
But a difference in opinion is what helps makes the world go around. It keeps people honest and helps promote a passion for certain causes – which is why the creation of a safe space to discuss and debate topics such as Kavanaugh is such a positive thing.
What is necessary now is the involvement of other members of the student body. In order for the positive discourse to continue, an even wider variety of perspectives must be offered.
“It’s really good to just talk with people over certain topics and get the different perspectives of people. Even if they’re on the same side of the issue I may be at they may have a point that I’ve never thought of so it’s good to talk about these things,” Krista Honomichl, a junior criminal justice major said.
And frankly, that’s one of the best parts of coming to college. The melding of minds and being given the opportunity to see a topic from a wide variety of angles – and when it comes down to it, having one’s horizons broadened is incredibly beneficial.
In order to become better versed on a subject, being exposed to every angle is a necessity. Even if the views expressed during one of these discussions doesn’t align with yours, simply hearing the opposition can give you a better understanding of your own stance.
And in today’s world, we need to know where we stand.
Getting involved in the conversation is the key to a successful democracy, and if we want to be the best citizens we can be – being able to discuss a topic, even one that makes us uncomfortable, is an advantage to not only ourselves but also to society.