When Joe Biden was elected president on Saturday, November 7th, it was over. At least, it was supposed to be. After an exhausting and ridiculous four years under the Trump administration, the nation could turn over a new leaf and complete a smooth administrative transition without any problems whatsoever. Right? Wrong. Who knew that armed Trump supporters would protest in the streets, insisting that the election had been stolen from him and threatening the Biden supporters who were celebrating? Who knew that Trump would continue to falsely claim that he won the election, needlessly call for recounts, and try to fight the election results in court? Who knew that weeks after the election, “Trump 2020” signs would still be up in my neighborhood and countless others?
I did. Or at least, I wasn’t surprised when it happened. I read.
The problem with the election of 2020 was, at its core, the political hostility that divides America. The presidential election process and its subsequent transition should be done with dignity, regardless of whether the candidates like each other. They don’t have to like each other. They just have to be civil to one another and move things along so that the country can function as it should. There should be no shouting matches during the presidential debates or badmouthing the other candidate.
Those who accept that Biden won the election fairly, like me, have these past few weeks feared that Trump’s legal action will do something to change the results in his favor and create more chaos. Trump supporters have already decided to refuse to accept Joe Biden as the new president, despite Biden’s plea for them to “give him a chance.” There should be no fear of the other political party, no hostility towards the other party; in fact, what if political parties were abolished all together? What I see in the current state of the political party system is this: if hostility like that seen in this year’s election continues, it could lead to civil war. It’s a bad sign that people of opposing parties can hardly ever find anything to agree on anymore. We can’t even agree to wear a covering over our faces to prevent us from contracting and spreading a deadly disease. And if people are already threatening each other with guns, how much easier would it be to progress to full-on war?
Now, I’m not saying it would be easy, or even possible. Abolishing all political parties would mean some serious reinventions of the way this country is run, and many people would be offended by the mere idea. But it has real benefits. It would mean that politicians could no longer hide behind the “values” of their party; they would have to work hard to tell voters about their policies and form convincing arguments of why they should be voted for, reducing the chance that we would ever get stuck with a former reality show host for a president again. And it would be the first few steps to unifying the country again.