We often hear people say they’re just not into politics or they don’t like to talk about it. The reality is, politics is really just another term for values. The question therefore, is what are your values. What do you believe in. American culture contains a number of core values. Not all Americans share the same views, of course, but the vast majority subscribes to the general ideals of; liberty, democracy, individualism, family, equality and liberty. Accordingly, we acknowledge laws that administer fairness and dole out justice are intended to limit our shared values. For instance, we believe you can own a gun, but you can’t own a military grade weapon like a grenade launcher. We all believe you can own a bicycle, but you can’t ride that bike on the interstate. We believe that an individual can pursue any level of wealth they choose, but you cannot rob a bank to acquire that wealth. We also believe in the right of free speech but agree that no one is allowed to yell fire in a crowded movie theater. These are not ideological abstractions, they are the fundamental beliefs that motivate our intention and define what is important in society. This same parallel can be applied to the issues of; healthcare, climate change, immigration, gun legislation, education, public corruption, taxes and so on. These are not political debates but instead, they are moral arguements. Unfortunately, the challenge arises when an individual is not fully aware of his or her own values. In turn, they drift into ideological debates and squabble over political policies rather than evaluate our shared values in the first place. This uncompromising prejudice keeps us divided and robs every one of the opportunities to deliberate the common ideals underlining our most critical issues.