reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
I've been saying for a long time that the tensions in the USA are three-fold.
You have racial tensions, with entire areas of cities almost ghettos for minorities, and unchanged in decades when it comes to poverty.
Then you have the economic divide, with millions living on the poverty line and others living it up in the extreme.
Then you have the political divide, which is becoming increasingly violent and extreme in language and rhetoric.
While other nations might have problems when it comes to religion, or economic divide, the USA is split on all three fronts when it comes to race,
economic situation and political divide.
Because the USA has only a two party system, it is inevitable that as each side raises the bar when it comes to rhetoric and attacks on the other, you
end up in a spiral, with people following the spiral themselves and communities becoming increasingly divided.
I really don't think most Americans realize how dangerous this really is. You look at places like Libya and their tribal warfare, and the US is
pretty much the same, only without the massive violence - yet.
You've turned your political system in a sports match, with the most radicalised fans ready to jump at each others throats when they get the
I firmly believe that when (not if) the US experiences a prolonged internal civil problem the states will divide and you will experience another civil
war, with red and blue states fighting each other.
The American people are polarized between the two parties. Sure there are plenty who refuse to take part of be swayed into the game, but there are a
hell of a lot of radicals out there, in government too, who would jump at the opportunity to "seize" the nation or split it down the middle.
In all honesty, I am for smaller government, and I have believed for a long time that you cannot effectively manage a large nation with one
government. There needs to be accountability and access to leadership, and the larger the community being governed the less chance of accountability
It's no surprise to me that smaller nations with a smaller government that is more open has more trust amongst its people, with a higher quality of
life, better living conditions, better education, better health systems...
I think the US is too big. It should be split. I think the government at state level is weak when overseen by such a vast bureaucracy, they are almost
inconsequential. There should be two US governments, with states beneath them, able to more adequately meet the needs of their people with a smaller
community to govern and a smaller federal level government above them.