A while back, I commented on the point that there may be two Americas. The passage of time has not diminished the possibility at all. In fact, a case can be made that the two Americas paradigm has existed for decades now. Proof of this abounds in the political discourse disguised as nothing more than one side fighting the other on internet sites. The sheer bombast, and vitriol evident in these discussions takes it's toll on all parties. For the very most part, I believe the Daily Kos exemplifies what I am saying here. In avoiding the tendency to establish moral equivalence, as is the wont of a virtuous politician, I conclude it is precisely the Left in America which bears responsibility for this unbounded change in voice. One has only to read the postings on Liberal blogs replete throughout the internet to arrive at the same conclusion.
It is not a matter of people possessing changed values, it is a matter of the ease with which a person gains his ephemoral fame. Heretofore, people were in effect, disenfranchised. Their voices were difficult to hear, because there was no suitable forum within which to announce their views, assuming they had responsible views. No, today, we are witness to a phenomenon of our own creation. Much like the chaos associated with Doctor Gregory House's operating room, raucous voices shout their opinions out, each trying to outdo the other. Lost in this operating room scenario, is the patient himself. The patient? America.
But! There is another facet in this gleaming jewel of discord. The politicians. They, being the elitists they are, take full advantage of these angry conveyors of messages. From them, they accept quite readily, all the money given to promote causes harmful to America. Think of any "ism" at all, and you will find a group with a very self centered purpose that serves their aims well, but not necessarily the aims of a free society, notably, America's aims. We may shrug our shoulders, and say we can't fight all these people, all these groups. Yet, we can do much to prevent the steady erosion of core values, and core principles. Individually, we may indeed be small in number, but certainly, not small in stature, nor influence. It takes, fortunately, just one person, a person with conviction of thought, and a sense of righteous purpose to be the " stick in the spokes " of enemies of America; enemies of American ideals.
Sadly, this means that we must accept this division of our peoples as being firmly entrenched. So be it! I suppose it is analogous to the difference between old fashioned boxing, and today's enhanced version combining martial arts,and boxing. This, of course, reflects the change in public appetite where we demand substantially more action, and more mayhem. If life teaches us anything at all, it is that we always get what we ask for. Is this truly what we are asking for?
In an Arctic setting, the two sides would likely be more concerned with simple survival. Chances are they would work seamlessly toward that life saving goal. How true it is that when we are environmentally comfortable, our senses of purpose suffer. Just as a fisherman who has caught his limit for the day, our minds turn to other things that will sate our appetites. In the case of politics, too many of us are a bit too comfortable, a bit too oblivious to the harm we do to others, and to our country.
Hopefully, the day will come when we are better able to understand the life saving nature of identifying valid common goals, much as in the Arctic setting previously discussed. First, however, is the necessity to point fingers squarely at the objects of social, and political, disdain. Second, is the obligation one must assume to point the way forward to reasonable success. Third, is the firmness of personal commitment which always precedes success in any given endeavor. The recipe is simple, so too, is the implementation of procedural willingness.
I have received my storm updates from the youngest grandson, and he has received my updates for his next life lesson. The tasks never end, they only become more complex, and more fulfilling.