reply to post by JaxonRoberts
This is nothing new. Its always been like that and always will be. The politics of 150 years ago was far nastier than it is today, the differences
being the media and the ability to quickly spread news, the level of engagement on the part of the citizen and the enormous power that pressure groups
play in society. The outright politics were brutal.
The racial issues have always been there. My family went through the "Irish need not apply" business when they came over here when legal Irish were
treated more poorly than illegal Mexicans are treated today. Group ethnicity has always existed with tensions existing, new comers shunned. In a
city on the East Coast in the 80s and prior there was an Italian neighborhood, polish neighborhood, black neighborhood, irish, etc. When groups
looked to expand beyond their neighborhood, there was trouble. Ultimately these issues work themselves out - without the interferrence of the
government. It was common in the 70s for an Italian kid dating an Irish kid to have his parents OK with it but his grandparents outraged. The same
thing occurs within the same race on a village scale in many parts of the world. Its natural.
The challenge is that government has sought to correct these matters, something it has no business doing. Ultimately the goverhment's envolvement
creates a situation where the government is picking winners and losers. Many object to affirmative action, the thousand of languages our official
documents are printed in and other efforts by the government to either speed the assimilation of groups, or more importantly facilitate their not
assimilating. If one group of new immigrants is working hard to assimilate and another is not, does the government have a role in helping the ones
who do not? Of course not.
With respect to religion, we do have a separation of Church and State, but the state has largely adopted a religion, human secularism and has been
jamming that down the throats of folks for decades, either belittling the beliefs of others or taking direct steps to offend them, be it funding art
works with a crucifix in a jar of urine or photos with bull whips sticking out of a man's anus, the assault against religious holidays. The state
has pushed an anti-religion agenda for decades, making it quite natural for folks who are devote to combat that agenda.
Ultimately groups of different folks may interact differently towards one another. You see it on the playground, in the school yard, in
fraternities, on sports teams, in businesses, in neighborhoods. People seek group identification. People find solace in a group identity. If
left alone and that group identity is not threatened by the government, slowly the groups will assimilate and ultimately integrate. Other that
ensuring that the law applies evenly to all parties. The law and not the outcomes, the government should just get out of the way.
If you want to raise tension in society, easy. Have the government step on in and and seek to accelerate integration or create some utopian notion
of what a "fair" society is and enact an agenda to achieve it and you are guaranteed to find an increase in tension.