Throughout our nation's history, the United States has been a melting pot of cultures, races, religions, and people. The Declaration of Independence in 1776 and subsequent amendments protected each individual's right to live in a way that embodies our nation's creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
Among these fundamental rights, is Freedom of Speech. The right of freedom of speech, by definition, is "the right to articulate one's opinions and ideas without any fear of government retaliation or censorship, or societal sanction". This right is a critical one in American society, allowing each individual citizen to have their own informed opinion on literally anything, be it positive or negative. And, they are allowed to make their voices heard without punishment.
Perhaps one of the downfalls of living in a country that grants its citizens to live by their own terms (within the law) is the inevitable differences in opinion that occur. The classic example of this, and the one we'll focus on primarily here, is the divisiveness that occurs between individuals about American political matters, particularly during elections. In 2016, this divide arguably is peaking, with President-elect Donald Trump's shocking victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on November 8th.
Clinton and Trump created a deeper divide amongst Americans than we have perhaps ever seen. Clinton was portrayed as a corrupt, lying politician, whose E-mail Scandal and WikiLeaks Scandal cast a shadow across her campaign. Trump was the anti-establishment candidate, vowing to eliminate corruption from Washington, but his rhetoric often made him appear racist, homophobic, xenophobic and sexist. Additionally, Trump dealt with a number of women accusing him of sexual assault later in his campaign.