Has anyone else noticed that the space between Right and Left seems to be getting bigger and even uglier in recent months?
(For those needing a hint: I’m talking politics.)
More so than ever before, politics – long known to be a divisive topic – appears to be bringing out the very worst in people. Bring up the topics of immigration, taxes, health care or global warming and WATCH OUT! Friendly discussions turn into mud-slinging, name calling, and before you know it, someone is throwing the other’s religious integrity and sanity under the bus.
Can someone tell me when exactly this happened? When was it that political views became a suitability test for worthiness? Do one man’s opinions on taxation or immigration or the environment or the war make him smarter or superior to another?
This is occurring in discussions all over the world. People are getting downright hostile when confronted with opposing views. And each, it appears, is wiser than the other. They bombard each other with ‘information’ to support their stances. Citing websites, blogs, youtube.com videos, etc., many believe that if they saw it on the Internet, then, by God, it is fact.
The police are pulling over every car in Arizona to ask for papers. The new health care initiative will require the poor to get abortions. They’re doing away with Medicare. Obama has taken more vacation days than any president in history. There is no such thing as global warming. The oil spill was just a ploy by the Democrats.
Thanks to the Internet, it seems the propagation of false truths is spreading like wild fire and, armed with all these “facts”, many people believe they are now smarter than the next guy.
Another troubling turn of events these days involves a group in the same loud argumentative corner using “Because God said so” as their thesis. (Using God as a source during a discussion on faith is one thing, but I tend to think citing Him as a reference in a political discussion tends to put the fact-checker at a disadvantage.) What’s even more puzzling is when these same individuals (the ones from above argumentative sub set) begin to slander and belittle their opponents by questioning their character and sanity. This brings to mind a popular bumper sticker: “What would Jesus do?” I tend to believe it wouldn’t be this.
So, how do we get the Lefties and the Righties to stop the name calling and move ahead in the days to come? How do we as one people – one nation – come together to solve the ills that face us all? If discussion only results in anger, hostility, and slurs, how are we to get together and get anything accomplished?
As the chasm gets wider and deeper and uglier, one can only hope that the practice of needless antagonism and single-mindedness subsides and our nation becomes indivisible, as intended, with liberty and justice for all.
For those who reside in Scottsdale or the state of Arizona, the following links are provided for your convenience should you wish to investigate the viewpoints of the political parties:
The Arizona Republican Party
The Arizona Democratic Party
The Tea Party of Arizona
© 2010 Robin Cain, author of WHEN DREAMS BLEED