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The Polarization of America

Updated on September 6, 2012


What has happened to America? How did the country become so split in half ? The politicians have succeeded in their quest of distraction, distortion, and damaging rhetoric. This has led to the complete polarization of America. Now we are all looking for our own rights, personal rights have becme the main issue . If I don't agree with you then I am wrong , if you don't agree wiith me then you are wrong. actual debate has degenerated into 30 second sound bites. The speed of information has taken our attention span and overloaded all the circuits.

We are suppossed to be a melting pot, a giant stew of peoples who respect each others life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believed that I will let you live your life and you let me live mine. As long as I don't intrude into how you live, you don't tread on me. We are all supposedly equal in the way our government is to apply the laws that govern us.

What happened ? The politicians have changed, not the people. The politicians have turned us against each other in order to be able to hold power. One party against the other, one racial group against the other, the rich against the poor, the gay against the straight ,the black against the white, and finally the men against the women . This tactic has worked ,if you look at the country the way it is now ,you can see this is true .

The system is corrupt and out of control . Most Americans know this, but the system has become so massive that to try to fix it is almost impossible. The politicians in power will not vote for any change that will affect their grip over us. We need to change this system. the young people can see this more than the older generation . The older generation that went through this see it as anarchy and are afraid of a massive change because having lived through the times that were known as the cold war, the red scare, the new world order.

Where do we go from here ? Which path will take us to Nirvana, to the promised land , to the left or to the right . Do we know what is best for us or will we keep on letting the politicians decide what is best for us.? What has happenned to the fourth estate ? The ones who were supposed to be watching the henhouse. The Media has becme irrelevant, they have tasted the corruption and been filled with it's sweet flavor.

Well, I do not espouse to have all the answers or even any answer. I can only vent against what I see on the Media propaganda machine , the long lines of people who are looking for a job, the high prices at the gas stations and the grocery stores. Does anyone have an answer ? I think not ,if you do and you try tell someone how, you will only be berated and cursed by someone who thinks you are trying to take something, some illusion of a right, that they don't really have.


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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      Thank you for your comments. yes the system is very corrupt. we need change!

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      We are living in such tough and scary times. Politics is bull because only the ones with money get into these positions that affect us normal Joe's. Glad you vented about what we're all thinking my friend.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, He will, as we already know the end of the story!!! In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      very well put FaithReaper. that is what we really need right now is faith and trust in the lord to see us through these times . god Bless america . and lets just hope he can lead us to the promised land

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I agree with Jackie. It is a pretty bleak situation, as you have stated. The politicians need to realize that we the people are not stupid. I do not know the answer except to trust in our LORD and pray for our nation and its people. With all this political stuff going on, on both sides, am I just going to say I am an American. Period. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      Thank you Jackie for your comments. you have hit the nail on the head we need to back to where we started ,real representation.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      If we could get back to the constitution and become patriots of the real America we might have a chance. It does look bad though you are certainly right about that. It is downright depressing.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      junkseller ,I heard you. thats means you are getting somewhere!

      I understand your words but i am in the same boat . I just needed to try to see what others thought . It's like trying to save the rainforest from my back yard. it's not gonna happen.

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      junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for so poetically pointing out the futility of my efforts. Please excuse me, I think there may be a few birds still left on my island that I need to chase off by shouting even louder.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago

      you are so very right ! thanks for the comments

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      Davesworld 4 years ago from Cottage Grove, MN 55016

      I don't pretend to have a fix, but I think there is only one problem. Over that last fifty years or so we have seen politics change from that of service to the country to a profession. Now days we have professional politicians in both parties whose primary focus is not doing the nation's/state's/county's business, but instead keeping themselves employed in what has become a cushy job. This changes the way in which they go about their business and the things they do and do not do.

      Because they are primarily interested in getting re-elected, they do not tackle the hard stuff. They run as fast and as far away from having to deal with difficult and controversial issues as they can while pretending that voting "present" is statesman-like. They make special laws in return for campaign contributions that keep them in office. They don't give a damn about what is best for the country/state/county but are only concerned with what is best for their re-election chances.

      The solution is unfortunately term limits. It's unfortunate in that we will have to throw away some good apples along with the bad. Then again, the more I watch these bleepity-bleeps, they more I become convinced that the majority are rotten apples and so the loss of a handful of good apples can be an acceptable consequence of term limits.

      How you get them to institute term limits is another thing. If you had a cushy job, would you work to eliminate it? I wouldn't, and I don't expect them to do so either. So it's up to us to throw the rascals out starting this November.

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      You sir junkseller do have a lot of answers and have no answers. you give generalities of what should be done but you yourself know that you are blowing in the wind. You are a blade of grass in an ocean of confusion. You say fix it. how quaint . you say Get rid of this and that! Try it and see what happens . You might as well be on an island trying to holller as loud as you can ... nobody hears you!

      Thanks for for your comments!

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      junkseller 4 years ago from Michigan

      Of course there's an answer. Our political machine is broken. Fix it. Remove money from politics. Get rid of Citizen's United. Publicly fund elections. Get rid of lobbyists. Get rid of the revolving doors between corporations, think tanks, and government. Change the system to include third parties. Simplify the legislative process (clean plain language bills without amendments and secret passages stuck in all over the place). Implement citizenship initiatives to increase voting and promote an informed citizenship. Deploy an independent electoral system. Fix the media so they are not corporate controlled and politically filtered.

      I don't think this is rocket science, but what people need to realize is that nothing changes without them asking for it. Lots of people complain, then they turn around and watch the same crappy news or vote for the same crappy people and parties. There are two very interesting third party candidates running this year. Most people don't even know. One of them, Gary Johnson, has jokingly said that he thinks politicians should have to wear NASCAR style jackets covered in the logos of all the corporations who sponsor them. I like the idea, but at the same time it isn't like we don't already know. The other, Jill Stein, also talks about some of these types of reforms.