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Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I started noticing this marked division and intolerance soon after 9/11. It probably began more around the time of Nixon's presidency, but I REALLY noticed the downfall in the aftermath of 9/11, when Bush preached division, power, superiority and vengeance.
I'm 52 years old, so I've been around for a while. And any unrest we had in this country seemed terrible, but we always got over it. In the end, we were all Americans and would stand together and fight for each other, even if we disagreed. The Constitution meant something and the ideals of the founding fathers were alive. Now, it seems like all that can be symbolized by a deserted ghost town with tumbleweed blowing through it.
We are a country in decline.
Some people are able to disagree with others and get along JUST FINE! But the majority of the people will actually become agitated JUST because someone disagrees with them. How insecure and petty can a person be to be threatened by disagreement??? What are the priorities of a person who attacks another just because they don't like their religion, political persuasion or opinion?
I honestly believe that a mindset of "You're either with us or against us" has been permeating our society seriously for about 10 years now, to the point that the division cannot be healed. Simply because people don't know how else to feel. People aren't self-confident enough to say, "You know. we disagree on this, but that's OK and it doesn't affect how I feel about you."
I honestly believe that we are witnessing the decline of a civilization. Interesting times, indeed...
reply to post by NorEaster
Hmm. I am not sure about the whole fear theory, but good theory none the less. Paid posters? That sounds plausible also. How would you suggest someone get involved to change our current state of affairs?