I watch Glenn Beck every day he airs...And he claims that the other side (Liberals) are the divisive ones, but he seems to come off divisive himself. In many ways, he's tried splitting Americans into two bitterly divided camps colored by economic and cultural lines. Sometimes, his conclusions are downright ridiculous IMO (for example saying that in 1969 you supported EITHER the Moon Landing or Woodstock--You couldn't have supported both?) He's presented those who are even slightly to the left of him as being evil people who desire to enslave Americans, vile people who want to kill people, etc. It's rather offensive to be called "evil" for your point of view, and I think it degrades our political discourse to a base level, and only fans the flames of long seated divisions over the various issues. He over generalizes people greatly--to him either a person, or group is entirely evil, or entirely good.
Conservatives see Liberals as communists who want to kill babies and put people in FEMA camps. I consider myself a Liberal--Not a post 1968 liberal, but a Liberal in the older vein.
I don't believe in abortion. I believe in border control. I don't believe in legalizing hard drugs. I support simply a system of social welfare, and some regulation on the various industries. I don't support the government bailing out or controlling industries, simply the government overseeing them and keeping them in check. I am probably to the left of most here, but I do not see myself as a Communist, or a Socialist, having studied both systems. I love this country, and I don't want to
I don't see those I disagree with politically as evil, or as horrible people. I view them simply as people who have a different interpretation on the role of government than I do. I think generalizing (ON BOTH SIDES) people we disagree with or ideologies we disagree with as evil, claiming those people want to kill people, etc etc is very dangerous to the health and unity of our Republic.
I personally don't want to see another Civil War in my lifetime; That war was a trgaedy with the blood of so many young men shed over what could have been solved with peace and understanding and I feel with forces both, to quote Beck (well, the radicals he quotes anyway), "top down" (Obama's administration) and "bottom up" (People in the media like Olbermann, Beck), dividing us further and further, and making us hate and be afraid of each other--I just worry that it will come to a point wherein we become two angry nations deeply at odds with each other in one.
I may be a Liberal; I may be a Catholic; I may be of Italian ancestry; I may be a man who loves eating; but above all of these things, I am American, and that comes first.
I do not intend this either as a "Kumb-by-yah" thread, nor as a partisan thread. I just hope it comes off as a common sense thread--Something wherein we can recognize that the rhetoric coming from both sides--is a little over the top. I like all of you here, and even if I disagree vehemently with your political opinions, you are just as American as I am, and I appreciate your company.