America - Where Common Decency Has Fled

I have to admit to having hit a period when I wasn't sure what I should post about. I found there were so many things I could comment upon that I didn't know where to start.

I got to thinking about how it is our nation has gotten where it is today, with political divisiveness having driven so many of us into to diametrically opposed camps that discussion has become almost impossible as one side insists only its viewpoints are valid and that their opposite side's viewpoints are wrong, or worse, evil. It's as if we've become two different nations.

I don't care what your political beliefs happen to be. I doubt very much that you care about mine. But one thing I can assure you of is that if this artificially created division is not healed, we won't survive as a nation. What makes this particularly painful is that this divide was something created by the very leaders we've elected over the past decade or so. (The problem started earlier than that, but it finally came to a head during the Bush Administration.)

Ronald Reagan, one of the better presidents we've had during the 20th century, knew how to reach across the aisle and work with the opposition party. While Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill (D-MA) didn't agree with some of the things Reagan was promoting, the two were able to work together and get our ailing nation working again. But that kind of bipartisanship is missing these days and even though the President keeps making mention of working with House and Senate Republicans, that hasn't happened in the almost 5 years he's held office and it appears it might not happen over the next three years. The political divide has poisoned relations in Washington DC and has been doing likewise in a number of states. The so-called Blue States vs Red States has set two opposing viewpoints to clash head to head, with much of the same rhetoric being thrown around as that in Washington. It helps no one and makes us even more divided.

The Fourth Estate certainly hasn't helped the situation, become less news oriented and more opinion oriented. They used to be the guardians of truth, but have since abandoned their role and become less interested in truth (based upon verifiable facts) and more in the “Truth” (defined by ideology).While in the past the media reported the news - the Who, What, Where, When, and How that was their forte – and letting opinion reside in the editorial sections of newspapers and newscasts, today much of the media has become a de facto propaganda organ for the government. Opinion now masquerades as news, with reporters presenting their opinions within their reports. Factual reporting need not apply.

Our problems are many. It doesn't matter who's at fault. All that matters is that we figure out a way of our problems and the only way to do that is to stop listening to those who have a vested interest in keeping us divided, those who see themselves as our 'betters', those who believe that we cannot think for ourselves and have to be told what to think. It's time to tell them to “Piss off!”, to roll up our sleeves, and get back to making our nation what it once was.