It is no secret that this country is divided. We are divided in ways that don’t mean much and in ways that are vitally important.
My two sons still argue over which is better, McDonalds or Burger King. A silly argument that they seem to enjoy as much now as they did when they were 10 and 11. Harmless fun mostly.
Sadly many of the ways in which we are divided aren’t so innocuous. Until Barak Obama came on the scene I thought that the black/white racial problem was well on it’s way to being mended. Not completely of course, that will never happen, but better – much better. Now the black/white divide seems wider than ever.
Hispanics seem outraged if you don’t want an open border because that means you are a racist and hate Mexicans. The fact that they break the law and force themselves into our country ahead of those that get in line and follow the process outrages me. The way they demand rights which they don’t have is unacceptable. It has nothing to do with race.
Racist is a word that has lost much of it’s impact in the last ten years because it is applied to whoever disagrees with someone because of their ethnicity. Mostly it has nothing to do with ethnicity and everything to do with ideas, issues and agendas. But don’t try to tell the race-baiters that.
If I disagree with almost everything that Obama suggests it must be because I am a racist not because I am now and always have been a fiscal conservative and therefore a big spender like Obama is everything I dislike.
It couldn’t be that I find him as a man and as a leader to be monumentally dishonest at best and a congenital liar at worst. I don’t care if a liar is black, white or any other color. A liar is a liar and that’s just wrong. Can’t say it any plainer than that.
I had no love for Bush’s spending habits but he’s white so it’s okay to disagree with him. It’s also alright to denigrate Bush because the media didn’t like him. Barack Obama they adored. For no reason I have ever been able to fathom.
I don’t care about the color of a persons skin I really dislike liars. That makes me dislike most politicians, black, white, brown, red, yellow and all the combinations of shades between.
However the biggest divide that I see, and the one with the most potential to divide us beyond repair is the divide between those who work and strive and those who live off the government, and thus off the work of others. Those who work resent those that don’t and those that don’t seem to resent those that don’t give more. It’s insanity and it is only getting worse.
We now have an almost permanent class of victims. Nothing is ever their fault, every one cheats, teases, robs, hates, doesn’t understand or doesn’t agree with them. Their never-ending whines are tiresome and absurd. Yet some politicians see them as perfect little votes so they encourage the adolescent behavior. Those of us who were raised to stand on our own two feet and take responsibility for our lives don’t understand these people. We can’t even imagine being so pathetic.
You meet a lot of these whiners on-line. If you are like me you run in the opposite direction just as fast as your mouse and keyboard will take you. They seem to like being miserable and feel that it’s their occupation to make others as unhappy as they appear to be. Then there are the angry nasty people who cannot seem to comment without showing that they never learned any manners or self-control and thus continue to talk and act like adolescent. Not surprising when a presidential candidate acts in the same way.
Adults and mature people are in shorter supply that they used to be. Big babies with a permanent grudge against the world for their own shortcomings come in all shapes and sizes. Also colors but don’t mention it because that makes you a racist.
Both major parties are now as divided as I can ever remember seeing them. Bernie voters say they won’t support Hillary and #NeverTrump say the same about him.
Here we are in 2016 with a chance to vote for one of two of the most despicable nominees this country has ever seen. Both major parties fail those that support them and give us dreck. There are any number of things about which Americans are divided. This one seems one that is actually a good thing to be divided about. Because if we have to be divided or vote for Hillary or Trump, better to be divided.