I look forward to the day when the presidential elections come and go on Nov. 4 and we can go back to being Americans first instead of arguing as Republicans, Democrats or whatever political party we are aligned with. In 1796, George Washington said that political parties would be the downfall of this country. “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism,” Washington said.

Washington’s prediction is coming true as each recent presidential election has seen people in the U.S. fight against each other because of different political views. The media adds to the mess with its biased reporting and endorsements. It is a natural instinct to pick a side and defend it, but it can get ridiculous if it causes family and friend relationships to suffer because one can’t accept the fact that a person thinks differently than they do. When this election is over and the adrenaline of politics dies down like it does every time, I will be happy to see people enjoying each other’s company again without having to argue about politicians and instead be fellow American comrades talking about Monday Night Football.