Sometimes it feels as if America is in the midst of a modern day civil war. Instead of a battleground made of sod and stone, the battleground is in print and on television. Instead of guns and swords, the weapons are words and rhetoric.
It’s a political civil war — a civics war — a war of politics and ideology.
America is divided. Americans are at odds — right vs. left, conservative vs. liberal, progressive vs. constitutionalist, religious vs. atheist, fiscal fitness vs. spending free, unions vs. independence, corporate vs. government, executive branch vs. legislative branch, big government vs. small government, employer vs. employee, employed vs. unemployed, give me liberty vs. gimme, gimme.
Everyone is touched by America’s civics war.
James Madison said, “Liberty is to faction what air is to fire,” but Americans are exploding with a “bonfire of the vanities.” George Washington predicted such destruction in his farewell address. His concern was that the party system would be the demise of the republic because people would care more about their party than they would care about America. They would self-identify as Republicans or Democrats instead of as Americans.
Americans have inherently strong wills and Americans have intensely fought over the direction of our country since Adams challenged Jefferson and Federalists debated Anti-Federalists. However, a fundamental factor prevailed in 1787 that is sorely missing in 2012 — allegiance to the survival of the United States of America and the republic for which she stands.
Only with a strength of mind and mission could a rag-tag militia filled with misfits overtake the most powerful country in the world. The hunger for liberty ran through ardent veins pumping for victory against incredible odds. The unity of souls with a providential path prevailed over the weakness of human nature –individual self-seeking angst. Wrapped within this modern day warp of conscience is the antithesis to colonial unity. Harmony has been replaced by a wrecking political steadfastness rooted in creating an enemy nation within America’s borders. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
And enemy is now how brethren are treating brethren, spitting unreasoned soundbites into a citizenry who has forgotten the art of deliberation. Hate and ugliness have manifested in a biting duel of insinuations and innuendos.
The time has come for America to take her pulse and monitor the fever pitch in which venomous debate has thrusts its evil talons.
It’s time to heed the age-old maxim based upon biblical verse, “Never despise your enemy.”