Are you a Republican or Democrat?
In most countries, when you meet someone, the greeting is generally, “Hi, how are you? My name is…” and the exchange is complete. There is an additional requirement here in the US and to all foreigners, if you try and play the “I am not American card” you will likely be asked to speculate “if you were” and respond accordingly to “Are you a Republican or a Democrat?”
I may not be remembering my youth accurately, but I do not even recall my parents discussing politics, their political positions or who they were going to vote for. It was, and I believe still is, a very private matter. When I came to the US, it felt as though people were defining their establishment with you interpersonally by your political persuasion and often it would suffice for me to claim “I am Canadian” in order to remove myself from that requirement but there are people who press.
Having lived in the US since 1997 pursuing various degrees and vocations, I have seen a number of elections come and go and even with the four year (or slightly less) break from the drama, I am still regularly amazed at the way this culture approaches politics, the fact that church and state are very much not separate, and how people will make or break friendships on political platforms alone.
What would happen if, as a culture, we focused more on striving for what is best, and showing grace with the rest?