Political news from different sources is something you would think would be beneficial to someone wanting to be well versed in politics. Any good debate comes from researching both sides of an argument. Unfortunately, party affiliation stops individuals from continuing their research. When that research is stopped is the point I would say it is bad.

Political news should not be approached with the attitude “I’m going to look up the position of the candidate I support and that’s what I’m going to ride with.” If that’s what you think go ahead and sit in the high chair the next time you eat out at a nice restaurant (#shotsfired).

I understand that there are going to be certain sources (TV Programs, Newspapers, Blogs, Radio Programs, Magazines, etc.) that report and are more biased of certain parties. But as we all (should have learned) in English 1000 – for every argument there is a counter argument – and knowing that counter argument is good. What I don’t think the people who do this single source political gathering understand is that the news you received and the counter argument have the same origin – a statement or position taken by a party or individual belonging to a specific party.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Does it matter? Simply, not really. Hopefully that was portrayed in the excerpt above from William Ernest Henley‘s poem Invictus The opinions of politics are going to be determined by the party to some extent and supported at some point by its followers. What does matter is the desire individual receiving the news to be a follower or a leader, to advance in their political knowledge or remain dependent on the words of another.

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