I'm asking this seriously, with a healthy dose of respect for you guys across the pond, and it is based on what I read on ATS on a daily
America - are you ready for your next Civil War ?
I ask quite simply because when I read the rhetoric on ATS, it appears its coming.
Now I realise that ATS is a microcosm, representing extreme views in some cases, but what I see is kind of scary.
- There is a certain culture apparent the US that idolises your military and believes it can do no wrong.
- Certain parts of your military appear to be starting to base their decision to serve on politics
- There is a culture that hates the police.
- Your politicial system is very slowly (faster every day it seems) being eroded into a hate fest based on absolutes and there appears to be very
little common ground. Presidents are simply hate figures (and that works for both sides, Obama is hated as much as Bush was)
- You have a deep distrust of government in any form
- You have an economy that is struggling under the weight of what it is carrying
- Unemployment is high in some areas and people are struggling to get by
- Tensions between ethnic groups appear to be at a new high.
In short, its something of a powder keg waiting to blow, and all people appear
to seem to be interested in doing is donning right/left
political blinkers and bickering with each other - trying to push the blame as far to the other side as possible - instead of working together to sort
History doesn't paint a kind picture to such situations globally, and suggests that when a tipping point is reached, such vitriol turns to
So the question is a simple one - when the powder keg blows will you be happy? When - say - one side of the arguments A-10's are strafing your
neighbourhood, or the other side has roadblocks and checkpoints set up in your city streets and tanks demolishing homes and ghettoising the
opposition, ethnic groups and anyone else they don't like will you be reveling in your reluctance to discuss matters and simply hate the other side of
the argument? When a couple of your cities start to look like Damascus does now, will you simply be still wanting to hate the other persons viewpoint
with nothing but vitriol?
Maybe what I postulate here is extreme. But that seems to be where it's headed based on what I read. If its not, then fair enough, I stand corrected
- but if it isn't then I'd ask you to read what you write again
before you do it, because it sure as hell seems to be sliding that way
I realise that upon reading this some folks out there will simply try and label this as anti-american. If thats all you take from the above then
you've missed the point entirely, and there are likely rocks outside in your garden you can bang together to make you happy.
I realise that upon reading this some folks out there will try and belittle my nationality. If all you can resort to is BS stereotyping to the level
of a child then that is your problem. My country isn't perfect at all. I accept that, but the points above aren't about my country (which may indeed
head the same way) - its about yours.
What I'm, after here is some thought, and maybe some answers to the extreme viewpoints I'm seeing and maybe some common ground between the left/right
paradigm. I'm not going to reference threads where I see this stuff - all you have to do is read the forums and you'll find it.
So, how about some considered thought and some answers?
edit on 2/9/13 by neformore because: (no reason given)