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It seems that with all the tea-partying (CPAC) shenanigans we've seen in the news, the trolling we see while on the Internet regarding Obama's decisions, and the Beckistan (Glenn Beck) rule about Socialism everywhere, I can say that we, as Americans, are split in half because our political views are so extremely divided. I realize after watching many CPAC snippets, that Progressives and angry teas will never ever come together for the betterment of one another, let alone our country.
But then again, without any of these radical republicans and their somewhat irrational decisions, we would just become some savage and odorless nation of kobolds always fighting over more trivial things.
Why are Americans and politics so divided?
Would it be because it's much easier for republicans to get away with lunacy when the proletariat's are fighting amongst themselves.
If I was to offer this message to any radical republican on this topic, they would snub their nose and produce a big thumbs down. Isn't it foolish to stand divided in the face of this historical economic crisis.
Its not that the tea bags do not like Obama's policies, (that would too be rational) it is that they don't like the President himself. It has become evident, from their recent irrelevant posts and actions of late regarding Obama's wife, or his birthplace - that as long as BROCK holds office, well shall remain a country severely divided.
Many years ago in my humanities class, we discussed this very thing. We were analyzing a famous Benjamin Franklin political cartoon, where, as most people know, a snake with initials of the colonies are spread apart - the caption reads, "JOIN OR DIE."
I stood up in class and stated what I believe is the perfect summary of what Franklin was trying to convey.
"in unity, there is strength." Most would agree that when a group of people work as individuals, the ending product fails terribly. This could explain some of the problems that America faces today.
If there is a new mantra in American politics, it is "bipartisanship." Barack Obama won the presidency emphasizing national unity; his rival, Senator John McCain, made bipartisan credentials a centerpiece of his own campaign. Prominent politicians from President Bill Clinton to high-ranking House Republican John Boehner speak of bipartisanship as an independent, innate good. It is not hard to understand the appeal of bipartisanship.
Our country has become so segmented. Middle ground doesnt exist any longer. There are no blurred lines that unite the men and women that should be working as hard as they possibly can to preserve the qualities that make our inhabitants so proud to be Americans. There is nothing respectable about a vast majority of republican politicians these days. Conservatives have traveled so far right that they cannot even begin to communicate and come to a compromise. Instead, they deceive the public and often the case play off our countries weakness to advance their own extreme agendas, but in doing so they are leaving this country in reckless chaos, and it is the common people that are suffering.
The foundation of this country is really something that we should all be reflecting on in our current situation. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, politically opposing figures, had to work together for the sake of this country. They were able to move forward and turn this country into something we can all be proud of. They were not concerned with themselves as much as they were for the newly created country - a country that we have learned to love and cherish because of the deeds these men did: TOGETHER. Their hard work and dedication resulted in this nations resolve to protect the freedom of all its citizens.
Scoring "political points" shouldn't be the main objectives or goals for any political leader.
"If only - republicans would become less advantageous and more considerate of those they are representing".
It should not be about their own personal desires and convictions that necessitate their careers, but the desires and convictions of the nation as a whole. Like many other things in this world, our country has become more interested in a label, one’s party - not the actual fabric of the matter.
It wasn't so long ago that politicians had the luxury to bicker over how to spend a record budget surplus, Barack Obama was a state senator trying unsuccessfully to get a foot in the door of the U.S. Capitol, and George W. Bush went to sleep with visions of a dominant Republican majority dancing in his head. This first decade of the 21st century has taken us from hanging chads, to radical tea bags and beyond. From peace and prosperity to war and economic turmoil.
The United States is a divided nation. It is divided between politics and reality. There is a minority of powerful people who are focusing on politics. The majority consists of normal low to middle class people who have sincere concerns about their future. The statesmen that founded this country have long since gone and given way to a new breed, a radical breed. This breed consists of extreme politicians with radical views who have themselves in mind when making policy. These radical leaders whom lean well right of center have lost touch with reality.
Politicians are the only groups that can vote on its own pay raises. What other low to middle income American is allowed the pleasure of deciding his or her own pay? Individual business owners can't even have that luxury. If their business does not have the money to pay, they can't borrow from themselves and not have to pay it back.
Yes, our house is divided as a nation. Long ago it was divided by basic principles, not so now. It is divided by extreme radical politics. Politics has become a dirty word. Even the best intentions are thwarted after spending a few years in the political arena. It is time for the republicans to return this great country to where it once was, and instill those same ideals that it was founded on. The United States needs to go back to a country ran by the people and for the people.
Politics circa 2011 unfortunately is divided by whichever position helps the incumbent get re-elected, regardless of morality, ethics or other concerns having to do with expressions of humanity.