Friday, February 3, 2017
Divide and Conquer
Watching violent protestors, reading hateful comments on blog-sites about Americans, and listening to conversations on the radio caused me to wonder what happened to the 'home of the brave'.
We should be careful about overreacting and be careful of people who are stirring up fear. Americans are divided into extreme, no tolerance point of views.
The paradox in our views is that everyone believes that they love America, but we express hatred to fellow Americans with a different opinion and view. Both sides have legitimate arguments and concerns.
The presidential election showed politicians who are tone deaf to the frustrations of millions of Americans who believe that we need real political change. Many of those people are saying, “Finally, we have a president who is doing something.” Imagine being so frustrated that people are happy because their president is ‘doing something’! Many are happy and many others are angry because we have a president who is keeping political promises made throughout a campaign.
Peaceful political protest is right and justified. Thinking that protestors or even those that simply disagree with a government policy are ‘idiots’ only shows a closed mind. America needs open minds, fresh ideas, and respect for fellow Americans.
How can we want the world to respect us when we do not respect ourselves?
If ‘divide and conquer’ is a valid strategy for winning, are we not setting ourselves up to be conquered?