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Why I hate hard-ball politics

May 15, 2012|By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye

Doesn't it seem like we were just going through this?

Other than a couple of surprises during these campaigns, it's been basically the same as always. The constant competition between two sides made to seem like it is life-or-death jammed down our throats.

The thing that really gets me is between the two sides, there is so much in common. I mean, in the end, we all come from the same place. We share so many values, opinions, even tastes in food. We share pride in where we come from and who we are. But this one small choice of whom we side with turns us into hate-filled, name-calling monsters. It works to just divide us further. We'll never see eye-to-eye with the other side, no matter what. Everyone has an opinion, whether you want to hear it or not, and believe me, you will hear it. They're stupid, we're smart, even if they're just people with different views.

Those views, though, almost always lead to unpleasantness. It even leads to violence. I think of how I wouldn't want my kids to see the way we act, fully knowing they'll be a part of it too. It's a part of our culture now, and it's only going to get worse with as the amount of media coverage escalates.

The past couple years have proven, however, that the winner doesn't really win all that much and the losers are quickly forgotten. Nothing really changes. There will be debates, but in the end they won't make any difference. We all know that we'll all be stuck in the same boat together unless a whole lot of others cooperate.

Something needs to change.

Instead of highlighting the ways we relate to each other, the differences are front-and-center, further dividing us and turning neighbors into enemies over just a belief. It would be great if there was just one side for us to all get behind instead of splitting between the two.

I can't wait for fall, when we can finally forget about all of this.

That's why I hate the Cubs-White Sox series.

Scott Bolohan is a RedEye special contributor.

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