NEW MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
This month, AAPC caught up with new Student Member, Eli Adler, Student at the University of Pennsylvania.
AAPC: Why is being part of a bipartisan organization valuable to you?
Eli: It saddens me to see the hyper-partisanship that is so commonplace in our political climate. We’re sadly at a point where both sides are insulting not just the viewpoints of the other side, but the people themselves. We’re retreating even further into our political camps and just became even more polarized, and this is simply unproductive and unhelpful. I’m somebody who’s prided himself by engaging with both sides of the aisle. I know how much there is to gain from hearing people with whom we may disagree and by opening ourselves up to opinions and ideas that may make us uncomfortable, but that will ultimately be of benefit to us. By becoming increasingly polarized and increasingly refusing to engage with the other side, we are learning less, we are being less productive, and we are ignoring people from whom we can learn a lot. Neither party has better ideas or smarter people than the other, and as such, it’s essential that we engage with both parties and foster a collaborative political environment. We will all be so much better off.