electionDuring the recent U.S. presidential election, antagonistic verbal and written interactions between the Trump and Clinton camps resulted in a distinct, but relatively superficial fracture in American society. In an election, a certain degree of antagonism is expected and welcomed because it encourages the exchange of ideas and debate among voters. Once the campaigning and elections are over, however, it is expected that the winners and losers will mend most of these social divisions and reunite as one people. This social healing process is what has usually happened in the past, contributing to a strong common American identity in which individuals respect fellow Americans even if they have significantly different opinions. Read more