Should America Rise Up?
Well, should we rise up? I think we ought to evaluate each protest, individually.For example, during the civil rights demonstrations, Americans rose up to protest slavery and advocate for equal rights. Oppression had lasted for far too long. It may have taken some people nearly 200 years to come to that conclusion, but Martin Luther King, Jr. was able to 'convince' the remaining non-believers that all men were equal and that racial equality was in our best interests.
Fast Forward to today's OWS protests. This is legal assembly and a guaranteed right, guaranteed freedom of speech. To some, demonstrating against corporate greed is no different than demonstrating against racial inequality.However, I don't think we ought to demonstrate any longer.
Why not? Today, the country is more polarized than I've ever seen. People who disagree with each other on an issue, DON'T sit down together for dinner, family members DON'T talk, friends ARE alienated. They are not compromising and compromise is what we must have. If John Adams and crew never compromised, where would we be now?
"But if I don't rise up in protest," how will others know that I disagree with 'x'?" Trust me, after 6-8 weeks, if the public doesn't know of your protest, they won't ever know. But what I do believe strongly is that when you add dissent to the amount of polarization we have now, you can get a recipe for disaster, potentially another civil war.
There are those who think we need another Civil War. Does America need to be brought to its knees again? There is no Abraham Lincoln waiting in the wings to bring the nation out of the carnage of a civil war. A 21st century civil war in which the country is so polarized wouldn't look at all like the 19th century civil war.