Are We Doomed? What Can America Do Now?
Indivisible? I Think Not
There was a time, what seems like a long time ago, where Americans had opposing views, but the difference was that we could discuss and debate these views openly and thoughtfully. Today Americans still have increasingly conflicting views and opinions, yet we cannot seem to have a discussion. Why is this? What has changed? Why can we not listen to someone who believes differently on topics like the national debt, the entitlement state, unemployment, and so many more? I will never claim to have the answer, but I can offer some feasible tips.
The Road Back
The first step in any program when dealing with a problem is admitting you have a problem. America we have a problem, an enormous problem. We can't talk to each other, we can't cast aside the infinite variables that drive a wedge between us.
My dearest friend and I have polar opposite views on politics, completely different ideas pertaining to the state of our country, reasons as to why we are in this state, and ideals about how to repair it. We never end in bloodshed or tumult. We never scream and throw our friendship to the political wolves. We talk, plain and simple, this is why I feel this way and how I believe we can get out of it. Responded with his views of the same.
We are hard-wired to believe that if you are Republican that means every view of every elected Republican must be conformed to, and supported, blindly and acquiescently. We are foolish to think that if we are a Democrat that everything any Democrat in the country has to say we are supposed to hold no objections to those ideals and detest opinions that differ. This is the doing of our current leaders. The 'with me or against me' mentality constantly executed from the top down has left us all in a state of political fatigue.
We must overthrow the idea that there is no common ground. We cannot maintain that because of someone's affiliation that must mean they are relinquished of any original thoughts.
Your Side or Mine?
Has anyone asked themselves recently that maybe it isn't red vs. blue, left vs. right, but maybe us vs. them? Have you thought that it feels as though there is only one party? Four or Eight years of Republican control and all we hear or are lead to believe from the left is that nothing can get done with these people. There is no compromise and that they have to be stopped in the name of preserving our country. After four or eight years nothing has gotten done and when everyone is fed up with the political right, we vote left. Four or eight years of Democratic control and all we hear is that there is no working with these people and for the sake of our country we need to take it back from these out-of-touch, stubborn folks. Four or eight years later, when we are all fed up with the left, we vote right, seeking some form of redemption. Does this cycle sound familiar? Does it sound sustainable? Or, perhaps the better question is, are we all getting played?
Everyone's Getting Better But Us
Millionaires, millionaires everywhere! I see a Senate, a HOR, and a President, not just this one, but all of them. To which their salaries, quality of life, and net worth almost literally explode when they become 'public servants', it happens all of the time. The only people I see that aren't prospering is the public to whom they serve.