A country filled with promise and hope, the land of opportunity, give us your tired, your hungry your Š yada, yada, yada. I can remember during the Bush years blaming that clown for everything! If I got a cold it was George W. Bush’s fault, if I got a flat tire - W’s fault, if the Yankees lost - W’s fault. You see where I’m going with this? Then I got to turn my attention to Sarah Palin. Palin, that hockey Momin’, You Betcha throwin’, G droppin’ twit who from time to time still gets asked questions. Anthony Weiner doesn’t get asked questions and he’s way smarter when it comes to cracking a book open and probably more skilled with a cell phone camera. But I think history will remember them both as epic idiots. My point, they’re on both sides of the aisle.
And this sort of Red vs Blue Politics that forces the great divide. At the risk of quoting a Democrat, "we are not a collection of Red states and Blue states -- we are the United States of America," Barack Obama gave that as a part of victory speech and it never left me. Regardless of who said it, it should stand true just as the words should be followed up about another Illinois politician, Abraham Lincoln - "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." If we can agree on nothing else we can agree that these two quotes about our country are
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Politics drives this country apart. It divides us, it makes enemies out of friends, causes arguments among otherwise good people. Forgive me for throwing this out there, but the two things that start the most wars are religion and politics. There, I said it. I know that wasn’t a very popular thing to throw out there, but it’s true. The religion part may not be as prevalent here in the Land of the Free, but outside the confines of this Polarization Nation it’s killing people. Here it’s politics that start wars, campaign years that either ramp them up or end them (depending on what the latest polls tell them). And we as a nation just shrug and accept it. Sure there will be a lot of screaming and yelling. The fringe crazies get the headlines and You Tube hits while the smarter, more reasonable people get lost in the fray.
Yes, I’ve proclaimed myself a member of the Pedestrian Party with no political affiliation. Conservatives view me as a liberal, liberals view me as a liberal. But truth be told I’m a think liberally, spend conservatively kind of guy. So who do you vote for, who do I vote for? It doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. No matter who wins we all lose, or at least that’s the attitude of this nation. I hear over and over again, "I’m voting for Obama, because it really doesn’t matter." Well if it really doesn’t matter why not vote for Romney? Seriously, it matters! It matters a lot, whether it’s Romney or Obama, but only if the leader is held accountable. So instead of becoming a Red team versus Blue team divisive nation, hold true to your beliefs but do so in a way that might move the country in a direction that would appear to have someone in control of it.
We really need to work together. We can blame Bush for our current situation, we blame Obama; at the end of the day does it matter? Old saying time - when you point your finger at someone, there are three pointing right back at you. So as far as I can tell that means it’s one part them and three parts us. With that scenario we don’t have time to be polarized, we need to be mobilized. What the hell is up with that?