Writing this, I know that some of the people that read this will be annoyed or confused, while others simply won’t care. The fact of the matter is, the United States had an election this past November, and the following decision has led to a great divide in our nation and our school. California is a liberal state. In the past ten presidential elections, it has voted for the Democratic candidate to win seven times. It’s quite safe to say that being a Republican in California, and Agoura Hills, is being a part of the minority.
Here’s where Agoura Hills and Agoura High School come into focus, and why I used quotes around the parties in the title. There’s a divide between conservatives and liberals at this school. There are those that heavily support Trump, and those that will defend Clinton no matter what, and a smaller amount of people that are stuck in the middle, just wishing that things would get better. However, we’re all teenagers. How much about presidential parties and laws do we really know?
Students at Agoura range from about 14-18 years old. During this time, we’re still trying to figure out who we are and what we believe. The latter includes everything from politics to global warming to religion to which television show is better. In terms of politics and our young age, many of our beliefs tend to come from our parents. While kids that have strong beliefs imposed on them at a young age are more likely to rebel against them as they get older, during high school they’re more inclined to continue to believe what they have been taught their entire lives.
We all have our own thoughts and opinions, but during high school, we simply don’t have the life experience and knowledge needed to make complicated decisions about politics. And yet, some students at this school have a tendency to shy away from or hate students from an opposing party. We’re all “Republicans” or “Democrats” or something else entirely, but there are quotes around the words because many of us don’t support a party in its entirety or truly understand and agree with everything that they believe in.
I’m a “Republican”. I was raised in a more conservative household, and I tend to generally agree more with the conservative values and opinions regarding government, arms, and how things should work. This does not mean that I am a hardcore Trump supporter, will defend him at every turn, or believe that every single thing that the party does is just and right. Being a “Republican” to me means agreeing with a set of values to a degree, but also realizing that there are other sides to the story and other ways of thinking about things.
This isn’t to say that everyone is like this. Some students wholeheartedly agree with one party, or have gone against their parents’ beliefs, or could care less about politics all together. These are just generalizations that I have made while being in the minority at a school with students that have a different political view than my own. We can’t possibly understand everything that each party stands for. This isn’t reason to stop supporting your party, it’s just reason to look at what the other side has to say and not get mad at your peers for having different political opinions than you do.
has been a journalist writing for the Charger for over two years. She is now a senior at Agoura High School and is editor-in-chief of the newspaper. In future years she will become the editor of Time Magazine after a career as a decorated journalist.