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America; Divided by Whom?
Somewhere between the Revolutionary war and the 21st century, we have become not Americans, rather, we have become a nation divided by the labels "conservative" or "liberal" or even "socialist". How did this happen? It's a simple formula, one that has been handed down for many decades, possibly even centuries. You see, people in power have a tendency to want to keep that power, so they come up with new and fresh ideas to accomplish just that. Now, in the 21st century, those tactics have come to be an art form for them. Billionaires pump ridiculous sums of money into the campaigns of candidates they have already chosen as the winners, and, in turn, those candidates do the bidding of the rich. Part of that bidding is to use those labels (remember the labels?) to stir up conflict between "ordinary" American citizens. What does that accomplish? If we're quibbling amongst ourselves, theoretically, we will be too busy to notice that they are running roughshod over our Constitution, perverting it for their own game. This isn't conservatives, nor is it liberals committing these atrocities. This is both sides of the fence, holding us hostage by those nasty little labels.
How do we change this?
There is no simple answer that will fix a broken system. There is a lot of work that has to go into it. Firstly, we need to sit up and recognize what is being done to us, the American people. No more petty divisions. This, of course is going to be the hardest part, because we've been trained so well, we can't see the forest for the trees. Conservatives accuse liberals of being liars, cheats and totally non factual in their ramblings. Guess what, the liberals accuse the conservatives of exactly the same thing. Look around at some of the "discussions" that occur on social media sites; not just the ones that interest you because they support "your point of view". Look at the ones that begin with the opposite point of view. You can see the divisions better that way, instead of being one sided and misinformed. Misinformation is the art of the power brokers. This is what they want from you. American puppets for them to manipulate, divide and "educate" to a level where you're just smart enough to run their machines, but dumb enough to not question it.
Change is difficult. it requires cooperation between all sides of an ideal. Voting really doesn't do anything because it's all fixed well before any primaries even begin. It's a farce. The companies that manufacture voting machines are owned by (guess who?) the people in power. So, a grass roots campaign is called for. Again, this needs cooperation to be successful. We must stop arguing and start working as Americans, not as one label or another.
There are other ways to affect change, but they are moves of desperation. Our forefathers did it by fighting the tyranny of the British Empire. There must be a way for us to accomplish the same goal, but who will lead that way? This is where we must work together in choosing how and what we do, and who our leader will be. He or she will emerge sooner than we might hope, but until that happens, we are relegated to a life of slavery and steadily growing class war of the 1% vs. the 99%, rats vs. mice and rich vs. middle class. Why not the poverty level people? Because they are the cheap labor that churns out the profit margins.
Where we go from here is in our power, but it always comes back to cooperation vs. division.