Rational Nation USA
Purveyor of Truth
Cultural and political attitudes have created a division within our nation today that if unabated will result in tremendous social unrest and eventual violent upheaval. In short the American stage is being set for revolutionary change. Change that will determine whether our democratic republic stands or falls. Whether economic opportunity expands or shrinks. Whether we see another 200 years of growth or becomes a 2nd or 3rd world nation. Political decisions the people of America choose to embrace today will determine the course of our future for better or for worse.
To place blame exclusively on one political party or the other of course only succeeds in widening the already wide chasm existing between the two. Yet that is precisely what self serving politicians and the news media, particularly certain cable networks endeavor to accomplish everyday in America. Current day American politics is deeply steeped in the divide and conquer mentality. A mentality sure to lessen our chances at continued growth and equal opportunity for all. But yet we slog on as though it doesn't matter. Winning for "our side", most often at the expense of common good has become all that matters.
Unless, and until, our nation's politicians and government officials begin to put the long term best interests of this nation and all its people above the self serving interests of party and power we will undoubtedly continue on our current destructive path. You would think the individuals we elect to office and the officials they appoint understand this, but given they seem incapable of having rational and constructive dialog arriving at solutions to problems that confront the nation and its people one must question if such is the case.
Putting long term interests of the nation first and acting in the best interests of all the people takes courage, it means putting party and personal interests secondary, something few politicians seem able to do these days. Just why that is is hard to say, your guess is likely as good as the next persons. Our founding fathers even with the profound differences they held were able to craft compromises that made the United States of America possible. Had politicians back in 1787 been like today's politicians we would be 50 separate states today rather than The United States. There are probably some who think that would be preferable.
At any rate having made the point to place blame exclusively on one political party or the other of course only succeeds in widening the already wide chasm existing between the two demands clarification. Those of us who identify as fiscal conservative and libertarian leaning, and are not blinded by party loyalty and extreme ideology know with whom the greater responsibility rests. Anyone who has been paying close attention and taken the time to analyze the political events, hyperbole, and spin over the course of the last 15 years realizes one party and one cable network bears the greatest responsibility. The Tea Party GOP and the FOX News network. Both are longer on hyperbole and ideology than they are on facts and reason.
BTW, the is another open thread post, until 6:00 PM Saturday evening 10/3/15. Keep it clean and keep it truthful as you honestly see it.