The Great Divide
Who Is Trying To Splinter America?
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts 081209
Politics in general have most always been ugly and
contentious when trying to govern, but the rancor and vitriol that exists
today is arguably none like any other ever in this nation's short history.
Right versus left has become a Hatfield's and McCoy's donnybrook, in every
literal sense of the analogy.
It has always been
said that it is not proper to discuss religion or politics in mixed company,
but that age old adage could never be more true today. Americans have been
pitted against each other in an 'us versus them' mentality. We are
increasingly becoming a right versus left society. If you don't fit
into that mold, then you are clearly a minority.
A divide has now formed
and that is not good for the United States.
We appear to be losing sight
of our cherished national heritage as Americans. It would appear that
we are having a much tougher time in coming together as
Instead, we are becoming ever more fractured into divisive camps that no
longer seem to be co-habitable with one another. This does not weigh in our favor as a
country, or as a free people. This is of no benefit to our society. It is only a
debilitating division. The only people to benefit from
our social demise would be our enemies, those who
would do anything to see us break apart from the inside out.
To this author, we
are witnessing the break-up of America right before our eyes and it would
appear to be by design. At the forefront, a once hallowed news media has fallen tragically
neglect in its duty as the guardian of democracy. With the major news
outlets now in the hands of a mere six corporations, it would seem that we
are being steered like lemmings to the end of a treacherous cliff where democracy is in
The moral high
ground of the media has been lost, sold to the highest bidder in a new media
conglomeration that benefits the rich and corporate elite. This isn't to say
that we no longer have reporters of integrity, but rather the media barons
and overlords who
control the reigns of today's news content have boxed them in with
borders and corporate policies that neuter and manipulate their
investigative and journalistic efforts.
Added to this mix
are the dangerous bought and paid for media mouthpieces who are increasingly presented to us as
news reporters, when in fact theirs is nothing but jaded political
commentary, meant to propagandize the news and twist it to fit a corporate
or political agenda to which they 1) espouse, 2) are paid to hype, 3) have a
vested interest in, or 4) all of the above. What we need to understand in
that the interests of the common man are not being entertained or served.
The bottom line appears to be telling us what to think and pulling the wool
over our eyes with 'commentators' posing as news people.
Never in our media
history have we had so many biased voices of disinformation and propaganda.
As difficult as it is for some to accept, this media ruse started on the right, with
people such as Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Neal
Boortz, Michael Savage and Laura Ingram, to name but just a few. These are
some of the more egregious examples since they don't just spin the truth,
they're often accused of blatantly lying about it. They do so because they
are in lock-step with the far-right ideology of the corporate top-rung, or
else they have simply sold their souls for millions of the almighty dollar.
and FOX owner Rupert Murdoch has openly admitted that he is free to print, publish
or broadcast whatever he wants through his media properties, whether it is
the truth or not. So much for journalistic integrity.
The left too has
its own voices of persuasion to sway viewers of their political ilk, such as
Keith Olbermann, Ed Schultz, Arriana Huffington, Thom Hartmann, Paul Krugman,
Rachel Maddow, Jonathan Alter, etc., but there is one difference between them and the
aforementioned right-wing talkers, they attempt to stay within journalistic
guidelines, seldom resorting to unashamed
fabrication or lying just to placate their progressive denizens, but how
long until they too give in to the methods of Goebbells, Limbaugh, O'Reilly
and the rest?
Rare indeed is the
independent these days. Political division is the order of the day it seems
in America. Right versus left has become all-out political warfare, with
everything as fair game and nothing left off the table or out of bounds.
denominator between the two major parties has been the continual use of
guest experts in their news programming, people trotted out as
so-called authorities, or having an insightful and informed point of view. A major problem in this ploy
has been the continual use of the same guests, over and over again.
How is it that these same people are specialized in so many areas of
expertise, worthy of opining almost daily on whatever topic happens to be
the news of the moment?
It has become
increasingly apparent to some that the repetitive use of these so-called experts has
merely been as biased spokespersons or sales people for a particular, slanted
point of view. They are used to influence opinions and sway public
perceptions in propagating a focused political viewpoint. The brainwashing
of America has become job one, rather than informing and educating the
populace. Make no mistake about it, there is a war raging daily for an
influential spot of prominence in your mind.
people' now exist in a most sordid media climate that holds us in a perpetual
environment of Republican versus Democrat, conservative versus progressive.
It is an atmosphere that is no longer neutral of politics. It is
specialized media, slanted the way you like it. Either you watch
right-leaning FOX or you watch left-leaning MSNBC. (Although FOX would never
let a left-wing group host its morning show, as MSNBC does with its
right-leaning team of Joe Scarborough, Mika Brezinski and Willie Geist.)
Nevertheless, news is now tailored to a specific political orientation. The line now begins to
blur between non-partisan news to actual party-line propaganda.
biggest transformation in today's politics has been in the Republican party.
Long considered the party of the rich and elite, the GOP apparently came to
the realization in the 90s that their numbers were no longer growing. With
the left being the party of the common man, the base for Republican growth
is very limited when viewed in economic demographics. The disparity among the
upper, middle and lower class has shifted dramatically, so a new course was
plotted by Republican party leaders.
An effort has been
made to redefine conservatism and liberalism. Liberals have been presented
as immoral and open to anything, while conservatives have been re-cast as
fundamentalist with Christian values. It worked for awhile, until
many fundamentalists woke up and suddenly realized that the GOP wasn't exactly espousing
the teachings of Christianity with its new Bush Doctrine of unprovoked war,
illegal human torture, unwarranted search and seizure or unprovoked
In the meantime,
Democrats have worked hard to shed their 'liberal' label for a new moniker
progressives, but a name change alone cannot close the divide that still exists
between left and right. Those that continue
to listen to and trust right-wing commentators and faux news outlets such as
FOX news are brow beaten daily on the evils of being liberal or progressive. Democrats are painted as tree
huggers, baby-killers and welfare advocates. They are falsely labeled as anti-Christian,
to steal our guns. A disingenuous statement to say the least.
Fear has become an
popular tool in the arsenal of the right. Fear is a most powerful force in
coercing people to accept half-truths or outright lies. Adolph Hitler and
Joseph Goebbels knew all to well about the persuasive abilities of fear and
the far-right has now embraced them as well. The puppet masters behind the
scenes that control our political parties and the media are dividing us with
carefully selected issues to scare the population. So far, it has been
working. Unfortunately, many of the TV sitcom lemmings of America are just simply too stupid to figure
it out. Sadly enough, they are too afraid to look beyond their well defined party lines,
failing to listen to both sides of the story.
Fear indeed is a
powerful force. It closes open discussion of everyday facts and reality,
forcing many to refuse to entertain
what is best for all of us. Fear allows the weak and timid to blindly
follow and trust those who support a narrow political viewpoint, without
ever questioning the rhetoric behind the charge.
During the Bush II
administration, the left talked of fighting to take our country back from a
regime that admittedly looked down on the constitution as "just a goddamn
piece of paper." A noble endeavor, but apparently not to those on
the right who were willing to give up their precious rights for the false
promise of protection from an omnipotent boogeyman named Osama bin Laden or
the fear of Al Qaeda within their neighborhood.
Now, during the Obama administration, many on the
far right talk of a civil war to restore the fundamentalist values of our
country. They have been sold a false incendiary tale of sweeping taxation
and Stalinist socialism. Once again, fear outweighs the truth of reality.
What it comes down
to is that the political base and grassroots movement of each party believes itself to
be of the higher moral ground, both sides seeing the other as a threat to
their way of life. The perceived inflammatory rhetoric
of either side has thus created a political divide, which in itself is clearly not good for our
country. This mentality is only good for fomenting anger and anarchy. The
raucous town hall meetings and heated public debate on healthcare serve to
perpetuate and highlight this new discourse and our growing national divide.
One can only wonder if
this isn't what someone, or perhaps some group behind the scenes, truly wants for our
You seriously have
to question the discourse and vitriol that is being ratcheted up notch by notch in this country. It has become a highly focused and much concerted effort
to pit 'us against them,' and that's the way
the greater powers that be in this country want things. A two-party
system is the way they like it best, because then it is a continual 'left
versus right' mentality. Divisiveness is good, if you're out to break up a union.
system has always been a vulnerable platform to base a democracy upon. Led
by a powerful far-right faction, today's GOP has become an overaggressive
juggernaut, with our constitution squarely in its cross hairs. Meanwhile, the DNC
has seemingly rolled over and acquiesced to being bullied and outmaneuvered
on the political stage. The Democratic party is perceived as being
grossly inept at marketing a coherent position to effectively counter a meticulous
far-right plan for a fascist course and domineering corporate influence. A
political mismatch of the highest degree, tailor made for government chaos and
The old adage is
that "united we stand, divided we fall." A case could be
made that someone is trying to divide us, to conquer us, but who would stand
to benefit from such anarchy in America?
To answer that question you need to be
prescient enough to understand where such a course would lead us. It is
inevitable that under such a scenario, our government would step in,
possibly declaring martial law in an effort to stifle rival factions and
suppress open conflict, yet that in itself would only escalate total
anarchy, resulting in a total crumbling of society and our country. It is at
that point that we would be ripe for the picking, either from foreign
enemies who hate us, or from a powerful cabal vying for a new world order.
In either case, the ramifications of civil disunity in America are not appealing,
nor in the best interest of 'we the people.'
It would appear that we all need
to take a collective step backward, as well as a deep breath and recognize
when our government of "we the people" is threatened. It is
imperative that we see behind the scenes and read between the lines to avoid
being manipulated and agitated to a state of social discourse and political
aggravation. It is important that we recognize those
who would lead us astray politically.
We are being pushed into a fight
that is neither left nor right, nor black and white. It is a class struggle
of the uber-rich versus the middle and lower class, but we're not supposed
to know that.
The role of big money has become
an overwhelming influence in controlling the political
climate of the United States, driving discourse to a dangerous level and our
democracy to a threatening precipice. Where this animosity takes us as a nation
is something we all need to come to grips with before we are steered into a
precarious position of political acrimony and social anarchy. That's a weak
spot for the world's greatest democracy to be.
It's starting to look as if
that's where someone would like us to be.
A new world order is only
possible when one of the last great superpowers is made to bend and break,
to crumble from within.
Let's hope that enough sane people outside the political arena can refrain
from the infighting and recognize this potential weakness before our
national anger becomes our Achilles' heel.
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