reply to post by Hefficide
I read through your original post twice, however, I'm not going to read the rest of the posts in this thread, mainly because I predict it will be
mostly posted with messages leaning one way or another.
However, there has been something that I've been thinking about for many years now. It started back during W. Bush's first term that got my
attention and since then I've been watching, reading, researching and observing.
I've come to some conclusions based upon all that, and especially since this past election. Everything I'm saying here is only my humble opinion,
and of course is like belly buttons: everyone has one.
But this is what I have been seeing:
Our country has always been one big melting pot. Many different cultures, classes, beliefs and ideals, since Day One.
The term "Melting Pot" may not be correct however. There has been a blending of many things, but we also have many things that people hold on to,
and are not blended in. So for me, really, the US isn't so much a melting pot, as it is a Hodge Podge.
We've always done many things in a unique way compared to many countries. Even our government when we first formed it was called "The Great
There was one thing however, that our founding fathers really wanted to make sure of: that the people of our nation have a government that they, the
people can control and have a say in things. The majority of the people at the time thought that was a great idea.
However, how we go about things, how we govern ourselves, how we spend money (the governments that is), how our government gets money (taxes, tariffs,
etc), what our government should and should not be allowed to do, and what kind of business we do outside of our borders has always been a point of
contention with everyone, since that very first day.
By our 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson, we'd double the size of our country after he purchased the Louisiana Territory for 3 million dollars. A lot
of people thought it was a big waste of money, while many others thought it was a good investment.
By the time we got close to the Civil War, our nation was very polarized. It's horrible how many people still think that war was fought over slavery,
when the truth was that it was over State's Rights. So many people were tired of having a strong central government where as others were quite happy
to have one.
So the Civil War happened, and we all know how that ended. It ended with a lot of people dead, and assasinated president, and a devastated portion of
the US (the South.), and worse, the south was punished for this afterwards (factoid: so devastated that it wasn't until 1942 that the state of SC was
considered "recovered" from that war).
So since then, we've had a strong central government that dictates to the individual states. Over those decades, many things had changed to where
people came to believe in having a strong central government. Disasters strike in one state, and the federal government was there to help, as an
example of people believing in it. So much so that by the time WW2 rolled around, not many questioned the US Government.
After WW2, we were sitting on top of the world. But then things started to change again. Not too long after the war, our government was seeing
"Communistic Aggressors" everywhere (sound familiar?), unless you were an obviously flag waving, "God Bless America" looking person, you were
suspect, subject to arrest, interrogation.....(again, sound familiar to something going on in today's world?). People just let it happened, because
after all: we need a strong central government to protect us from those "Commie Bastards", etc, etc.
And America needed to be strong against that Communistic Aggression. And to be strong, we need a strong government. We need to spend money on a strong
military, we need to be first and foremost the most powerful nation on Earth.....Look! We even have programs to help people in need started back
before WW2! They need money to do that!
And in many ways, that mind set hasn't gone away. Instead of Communists, now we have Terrorists. More, we need to take care of everyone because we
started to do that way back when, and now we still need to do it, but it costs money.
So who's fault is it that we spend so much? Who's fault is it that we see a suicide bomber under every bed? Who's fault is it that we are in so
Those Right Wing Nut Jobs! Right? Or wait, maybe it's those Bleeding Heart Liberal Hippies! Right?
Who's fault is it? It's our fault. We the people. That's who is at fault.
Because we're all too busy pointing fingers at each other. And when one side does gain control, we let that side give the government more power. Each
side does it. Each side turns a blind eye to it, just to prove a point.
This conflict, should not be Right vs. Left.
It should be People vs. Government.