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The Two Americas in 2018

Updated on September 13, 2018
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Jack is a volunteer at the CCNY Archives. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 120,000 views.


The two Americas was something Vice President Al Gore proposed during his Presidential run back in 2000. Of course he failed to win and George W. Bush became our 43 President and the rest is history.

In 2018, we had experience 9/11, a deep recession in 2008, election of the first black President Obama and now election of Trump as the 45th President.

We are more divided than ever.

- Sept. 2018

What Are Some of the Issues?

  • Immigration
  • Economy
  • Climate Change
  • Taxes
  • News Media and Fake News
  • Just Do It and Race Relations
  • AI
  • Deep State and Insider politics
  • Healthcare
  • National Defense

Details...Part I

On illegal immigration and the wall and ICE, we seem to have two sides. On the right, the people wanted to build the wall on our southern borders, and enforce the laws that are on the books. On the left, they want ICE disbanded, and created sanctuary cities and called the other side racist for defending our borders and our sovereignty. The two sides cannot be farther apart. It defies logic or common sense.

On the economy, the two sides are also at odds. On the one side, the Democrats claim the latest economic boom is the result and continuation of the Obama recovery. The Republicans say it is a boom as a result of the tax reform and reduction of business regulations. Democratic candidates are pushing a socialist agenda while Republicans want a free market solution. Again, these are very different realities. Only one scenario can be right. Which is it?

On climate change, there is one side who believes it is the most dangerous threat to our survival as a species while skeptics believe it is an exaggerated problem that has been hijacked by environmental extremists. Luckily in this case, we have time on our side. In a few more years, this issue will be proven one way or another. The proof of the pudding is in the reality of hard data.

On one side, some believe the rich and large corporations should pay more taxes to help pay for our deficits and many social programs which are unfunded liabilities. On the other side, some believe a tax cut across the board will help stimulate our economy and lead to more jobs and more revenues to the treasury and less dependency on governmental social safety net.

On the main stream media, there are some who believe they are the gate keeper of news. Too many alternative media outlets are motivated by bias and create a distrust of hard news. There are some who believe the main stream media is the problem. They have foresaken their Constitutional duty and leaned left and now instead of reporting on the news, have become activists and promotes one agenda. They have been accused of presenting “fake news” to advance that progressive agenda.

Details... Part II

Race relations has been put on top of the limelight during the Obama Administration. A few high profile cases such as Tryvon Martin, and Michael Brown in Ferguson and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, has been politicized and lead to the BLM and Just Do It movement. All under the Obama Administration, the first black President. Instead of helping to improve race relations, it has polarized our nation. Our national past time the NFL is now dividing our country with the protest of a few players during our national anthem. Some believe it is their first Amendment right and others believe it to be a disrespect of our veterans.

The AI invasion is feared by some and cheered by others. Why is that? There seems to be a technological knowledge gap. There is one group that believe technology is the answer to all our problems. Another thinks some technology, if unchecked, could be the end of our species. AI is one of those technology that not many understand. Artificial Intelligence sounds so smart. What is it? So far, there is no such thing. There is only human intelligence. There may be extraterrestrial intelligence? But so far, there is no artificial intelligence. It is just computers mimicking our behavior. I personally am not worried about the singularity.

Deep State is something whose existence is even in debate. Some on the right believe it exist while others on the left think it is totally made up. What is a deep state? There are people who serves in our federal government in various agencies who has an agenda. They are unelected officials in high places who are political appointees. They may work behind the scenes colllectively to stop a current administration of implementing changes. Especially one that wants to shake up Washington DC and the halls of power.

Healthcare - is it a right? Or a privilege? Some believe universal healthcare is the responsibility of a caring government. Others believe it is the individual who must care for their own health. It came down to who pays. In one case, the government pays through taxation. In the other, the individual pay the insurance which covers the healthcare needs. The ACA was passed in 2010 and we ended up with a mixed bag.

National defense is one of the few items mentioned specifically as the primary responsibility of a federal government. We need a secure environment to pursue our dreams. Without it, we may as well be just any territory. Waiting to be annexed or invaded or conquered just as so many other places around the world. Yet, we have some citizens that believe we should not spend so much on our national defense. Given the choice, they will always vote for more social programs over guns and tanks and missiles. They are the party of peace.


In 2018, there are two Americas. Two very different visions. Two very different interpretations of our Constitution. Two opposites in many aspects. That is why, we are a divided nation. Even our Supreme courts are evenly divided and many cases are settled by only a 5-4 majority. Some elections are so close, a winner is decided by only a handful of votes.

Our challenges going forward is bridging this gap. This is a real divide and one that can only be settled by some major shifts in our collective conscience.

© 2018 Jack Lee


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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      3 years ago


      "Brad, that is quite a comment on my topic. I am not sure what you are driving at with the technology reference but as you know Moore’s law is that computer speed and chip size will double and half every two years."

      You didn't get my point. Moore's law was assumed in my description of the hardware, and without that none of these software and firmware programs would be feasible.

      It is the use and misuse of this technology that was my point.

      Without it for example, the NSA couldn't capture, store, and query all of the phone call data, and Internet data.

      I was explaining that we didn't have the computer systems, and programming that we have today.

      Education doesn't make a person smart, it just educates them.

      The only fact of education that creates a different America is when the teachers use it to indoctrinate their student to their bias.

      It seems like I wasted our time.

      I tried, apparently failed.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Brad, that is quite a comment on my topic. I am not sure what you are driving at with the technology reference but as you know Moore’s law is that computer speed and chip size will double and half every two years.

      Our cultural divide is tied more to our education and life experience.

      I attended the same college as some of my friends and we competed on the varsity team together. We had similar life experiences and yet I am conservative and they are liberal. Go figure?

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image


      3 years ago


      I have a different view, and I certainly wouldn't agree with anything that Al Gore said as he had been proven wrong by his own words. But that is off track.

      The question is does America really continue to exist?

      From presidents Carter to Obama we can see the transformation of America, the Home of the Brave, Apple Pie and Mom disappearing and being mutated or its foundation being weakened.

      The more immersed, and advanced in technology the easier it appears to weaken the foundation of America. This technology changing America couldn't have happened until this century. The reason is that we didn't have computers, and systems that could hold and manipulate the

      For example in 1996

      "One way of guessing the total size of the world's computer storage is simply to view the single largest establishment as one point on a log-normal curve. To oversimplify, the largest city in the world has about 1/300 the population of the world. and the largest company in the world has about 1/300 the world's GDP. So this suggests that if the largest disk farm in the world in 1996 was 75 terabytes, the total disk space in the world was 22,500 terabytes. "

      "Optitek predicts 1998 sales and capacities of different storage media:

      Device Price Total market Total size

      Magnetic disk $100/GB $25B 250 petabytes

      RAID disk $200/GB $13B 65 petabytes

      Optical disk $20/GB $0.5B 25 petabytes

      Optical jukeboxes $20/GB $5B 250 petabytes

      Magnetic tape $1/GB $10B 10,000 petabytes

      Tape stackers $1/GB $2B 2,000 petabytes

      Both Alan Bell of IBM and Jim Gray of Microsoft estimate that 200 petabytes of tape storage were sold in 1995. "


      I am close to the end of the 20th century to show why it didn't happen before the 21st century. The computing power was very low compared to today, and the storage was very slow, and expensive.

      Yet,in 1969 it was analog, not digital computers that put man on the Moon.

      This is your baseline, and check today to see the difference. Computing speed, storage increasing and increasing. In 1996, one of the largest consumer disk drives was only 525MB, and it cost $525.

      My point is that whomever controls the most of the Internet, and whomever has the largest, and fastest computer systems can control not only America but the World.

      Look what has happened since the IBM 360-20 computer

      "In April 1964 IBM made the biggest and most important product announcement in its first 50 years of doing business: "

      Now, 54 years later look where we have come today.

      The point once again is that as we keep increasing on this technology ramp, it gives more and more power to change America, and the World, but not in a good way.

      The America of today is not just two Americas, it is much like the gender confusion with its infinite number of genders.

      Notwithstanding that comparison, we have already seen how both the government and the private sector have misused technology to become the real life manifestation of Big Brother.

      In less than a nanosecond, your digital and today most critical part of your life can be gone. Like the Voyager space craft, all that is known about the world and its people are on some form of media.

      And unlike the Voyager, that media can be changed to record any version of history.

      OK, the computers are the reality, but the programming is currently being done by humans. So when Google owners, and management don't like the outcome of the 2016 election, can we trust them not to use their technology to make a difference rather than remaining neutral.

      Back to the point.

      Up until this century, their were maybe four Americas.

      The left

      The right

      The uncommitted

      The I don't care.


      The bandwidth from the extreme left to the extreme right is really shades of the left (blue) to the shades of the right (red).

      What is the optimum shade? Purple.

      That is the one America that may have been envisioned but never attained throughout US history. The problem that prevented it was the creation of the democrat and republican party.

      The closet vision for purple is MAGA.

      The worst shade is blue.

      The lest than worst shade is red.

      The left has fractured not only their blue of the last century, but they have also fractured the red. These fractures now represent the different versions of America.

      Our worst America is the one that the left is creating by social re-engineering of the people. If God hasn't done a good job of making all people good, fair and equal, than why would anyone think government should or could do it. These are the Americas that make the United into disunited.

      Once again, the media and technology are the drugs that feed the people and cause chaos instead of binding them together.

      Your issues

      " Immigration


      Climate Change


      News Media and Fake News

      Just Do It and Race Relations


      Deep State and Insider politics


      National Defense"


      This has changed the America of the founders small central government, to an America where everything is a federal issue. This creates an huge federal government, and the Taxes are how they can keep it growing. The Internal Revenue Code makes the division of wealth unequal to an extreme, and this creates a different America. It also allows for people to gravitate to a Socialist America.


      Deep State

      The larger the federal government the more that can be hidden. And as we see today, a lot has been hidden, and it is the basis of division in America.



      single payer systems don't work. People that say it works haven't used the system for anything life threatening.

      What should be the focus is not insuring your health, but making you healthier.We and the world have not really cured any major diseases since the Salk Vaccine.

      Instead of the single payer system, the government should meld with the private sector to find cures, Take the profit out of diseases, and work off making people healthier.

      In the 1960s we all worked together to get a man on the Moon, and that was just for military purposes. But working together to fight and defeat the most powerful enemy in the world, which is disease, and health would benefit everyone. Well not the people benefiting from the current healthcare system.

      I would go one with the rest of your issues, but I think I have already worn any welcome.

      President Trump is our only choice and hope for the color purple! and a single America.

      del if u wish.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jack it is very cool here. Our one low income apartment building is lowering it's rate and begging for new tenants -- because so many are moving up and out.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Eric, you are very lucky. I live in the suburb of NYC. Some of my friends and I are on opposite sides. These are highly educated people and yet we have opposing opinions on many issues. The one I am always confounded is the state of the economy. You would think that is one we can all agree with...

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool article Jack. I just do not think we are as divided as most. I live in a small unincorporated community. We just barely see any at all.

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      3 years ago from now on

      As long as we stay on the path Trump has put us on (even a devout never trumped has published 20 of Trump’s accomplishments already approving of them but he still doesn’t like Trump) those in the middle will lean to what works while hard core liberals will be seen for what they are and be defeated for all intensive purposes. They’ll still be there as they have been for decades but the solution is not to build bridges to them (the proverbial bridge to nowhere) but to alienate them. They can never become the majority or you might as well hand the entire world over to the devil on a blue silver platter.

      The real bug in the ointment is the media which is nothing but an operative of the Democrat party. Ironically, their obsession with Trump and the left is not helping their image or their ratings. They have metaphorically shot themselves in the foot. As alternate sources of news grow exponentially they will become less and less of a factor.

      The key will be what happens after Trump. If he and the party doesn’t have a better replacement than Reagan had with Bush Sr. The door will again be opened for the left to gain power like they did with Clinton, then Bush Jr. and then Obama! Thank God we dodged the Hiliary bullet. That would have been the end.

      One more note, the me too movement, certainly hasn’t helped the left has it. Weinstein, Munvez,

      Franken, Clinton of course - who else? They’re all on the left.

    • jackclee lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Jack Lee 

      3 years ago from Yorktown NY

      T, maybe your right but I hope the people will come around. After the contrast between a failed liberal agenda like Obama and a winning agenda of Conservatives and Trump, maybe they will see the light.

      I can hope...

    • tsadjatko profile image

      The Logician 

      3 years ago from now on

      Jack, I read your entire hub page and I just have to say your portrayal of the division as if both sides are somehow just opposite interpretations of the constitution or the issues is just not accurate. You say:

      “In 2018, there are two Americas. Two very different visions. Two very different interpretations of our Constitution. Two opposites in many aspects. That is why, we are a divided nation. Our challenges going forward is bridging this gap.”

      I beg to differ, the differences aren’t interpretations of the constitution or visions. The difference is between the truth and lies. Plain and simple and there can be no bridge between truth and lies. The truth must win out over lies and until it does the risk is the end of our Republic as it was founded and as we know it.

      The divide is basically between godless liberalism (the lie) an ideology of socialism and the ends justifies the means with no respect for religious rights or an originalist interpretation of the constitution and (the truth) conservatism, the basis of the founding and perpetuation of this republic.

      For America to survive it must continue to defeat liberalism wherever and whenever it is found as there is no room in liberal ideology for building bridges unless it will bring them closer to defeating conservatism. America is on the right path now because we have defeated liberalism but it is still alive and will come back to bite us in the ass like a wounded animal if we turn our back on them by trying to build a bridge.


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