The recent 2012 campaign season has highlighted once again the stark and irreparable divisions within the US. Those divisions have been manifest for decades now and river of discord runs deep and wide. They transcend simple explanations over one or two contentious issues. The divide separates along core values for each constituent group. We still compose a single nation-state but clearly are two separate societies within that framework. Like identical twins originating from a single miraculous event but then pulling apart to become distinct individuals even though from a common bond. We now must deal with that reality and the current organization of the US political system ill serves each of those societies denying to both their own vision of the future.
Most of us share a common pride in what the US was. Many on the Left do not. We are now confined to a nation that no longer gives expression to our values. Certainly the Democrats and Left want a radically different set of values from those in common use today. It is beliefs, values and social abstractions that bind a people not political divisions on a map. It is the coalescing of those common values that gives life and energy to the political divisions that result in different states. It cannot be gainsaid that we have two sets of value oriented views of the world. They don’t mesh and never shall the twain meet. The tensions and conflicts between these approaches to self-governance of a free people will escalate as the tides of advantage to one side or the other ebb and wane. Many of us believe this is not the US the Greatest Generation fought so hard to preserve. We abhor the direction we are taking and those of the Left wish to accelerate that direction.
This fact of divide and polarization has been brought to light in the recent movement for secession that has cropped up since our most recent election. A peaceful and orderly re-organization of the US over the next generation is a much better path for the future of all regardless of Right or Left. Our current path is one that will ultimately lead to true civil unrest, societal pain and divisions brought about by violence or near war-like discord. These pages have previously mentioned the best path for this alternative approach. We need to begin the process of calling a Constitutional Convention to give voice and reality to the two separate visions of the US. Article V permits this approach. The last time it was seriously considered was during the ’70’s and early ’80’s by those advocating the passage of the ERA amendment to the Constitution. When their effort was falling short some of the Left mulled over the idea in public of trying the Convention as an alternative method to assure its passage. That Amendment and the effort failed. Are our current divisions so fundamental and endemic as to require such a step? A realistic assessment says that the divide cannot be breached in our current political structure.
We have two very opposing views of the role of our Federal government and it is at that level where almost all the contentions collide. The Democrats and Left believe in a large and almost omnipotent federal authority. They view the Federal government as the helping hand encased in the velvet glove lifting up those in “need”. They define need broadly and want everyone else to accept their definition. To even disagree with their definition makes you an enemy. Others believe the Federal government is the boot on the neck of the people. That it intrudes into areas best left to the States and into the personal and economic lives of everyone. There is a dramatic and irreconcilable chasm regarding the concept of Federalism. The Democrats view it as a quaint and outdated concept from another era. The rest view it as the bulwark of our freedoms. The Democrats really would prefer that States be merely provinces of the nation with all control emanating from Washington. TV talk show hosts and others love to make their cute little jokes about “fly over country” but sadly there is great truth to that comment and it reveals the true attitude of the Democrats. They would prefer States be administrative districts like they have in Metropolitan France or had in ancient Rome following the directives and edicts of
Washington. They want power, power concentrated in Washington and obeisance from the populace. Please review carefully your Solzhenitsyn, read lots of history of the Communists regimes around the world. Stalin thought of himself as a champion of the little guy. As an elite though he also believed he knew better than they want was good for them and certainly knew what the societal mores should be. Opposition was not brooked. But whether we of the Right like it or not there are millions in the US that desire that kind of government. Why not let them have their Eden commune on earth as long as we all don’t have to bow down to their Baal.
This has been building for decades. It had its core with FDR and then was accelerated with LBJ and is reaching a zenith with the election of the current occupant of the White House. But when they are gone there will others in their mold to step forward and continue the road left. If those on the Right could prevail it would not bring peace because the Left would ratchet up their venom and fight to tear down opposition to their forward march to a larger more powerful and ultimately more socialist government. If we are going to become a Socialist European style government then what are the advantages to being in the US for those who believe that is so wrong on a moral level and destructive to individual freedom. Why not live in Switzerland, Sweden, Scotland or Germany?
We’ve had a wonderful history even with our bumps along the way. Mostly we have been a force for good in the world, at least the Right believes that we have, the Left not so much. But things do change eventually as they have from the beginning of recorded time. Rome didn’t last forever, neither did the British hegemony, nor the Kublai Khan. It is not necessary to destroy the ideal of the US as envisaged by each political segment. Left and Right can each have their domain without the opposition of the other. But that destruction is assured if we don’t address our differences and divisions intelligently and forthrightly. Many have said in times past that there is more than unites us than divides. Only the hopeless optimist or foolhardy could possibly believe that today. The fact is that there is far more that divides us than unites us today. Pride of nation is deeply split along values. Many take no pride whatsoever in the current actions of the Federal government, others cheer all its actions and want even more. We can both be happy if we each have a Federal government more in tune with our beliefs, values and aspirations. In coming posts we shall explore specifics of some of the major differences and how each element in on nation can pursue its own course without so much interference and outright obstruction by the other. Yes, there would be problems but none any greater to solve that living in a nation divided and heading to civil disharmony and dysfunction. There is a better way and a better place for all of us. The Democrats should love this change. Yes, they will lose some minions and slavish robots to the Federal government but truly they will rejoice in getting rid of most of those gun-toting, Bible- thumping rednecks and yahoos. We of the Right do not respect or trust them and they disdain us. Do you really think that will change?
Come again for details and the guide map that Pathway to Coastal America and Middle America where each pursues its own vision of governance and each allows the freedoms demanded from only its own citizens. (Central power, Taxes, Supreme Court, environment, role of military, Rule of Law, social issues, size of government, economic system, capitalism.)
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