Seth Newkirk is the former communications manager for North Carolina Congressional candidate Steve Von Loor's campaign.
In case you haven’t noticed, modern political discourse has changed.
The possible causes for these changes are varied. Social media, the war on terror, the Cold War, the Great Recession — all of these events have had wide-ranging effects on various forms of American life and our political ideals as well.
The most noticeable change is how reliant both parties’ identities have become on their hatred for the other party. Long gone are the days of “conservative” or “liberal” philosophies as the defining quality of the Republicans and Democrats. Now, both parties find themselves in a situation where the defining characteristic of most of their members is how much they despise those on the other side.
Hillary Clinton was not an American figurehead in terms of innovative policies and vigorous defense of tightly-held principles. In fact she seems to hold tightly to no principles, choosing what is merely politically expedient. Look at how she borrowed from Bernie Sanders’ platform. Her platform was one of opposition to Donald Trump at its most basic form. So too, much of Trump’s campaign was defined by his — and your — ability to “own the libs;" not some visionary philosophical outlook on how the government should work.