Jesus said, “A house divided against itself shall surely fall.” A country divided against itself is even more likely to fall. This sort of thing starts small. A smart retort to an ill phrased word. A hint that there is one group better than another. From there it grows.
Who is doing the dividing? I suspect there are two groups involved. One group would be politicians. While we call them Democrats and Republicans or liberals and conservatives there is, in truth, no differences between them. Oh, they say things differently, but they are actually doing the same thing: finding a way to divide us so they can have power. They are all progressives and most of them believe in relative truth.
The other group, I suspect, is big business. They, too want power. For them, power is money and the more they have, the more they need. They don’t bother about truth. All it takes is a little money and they can buy whatever truth they want. They are in bed with politicians and they don’t care about a divided America.
If you look at both the liberal *and* the conservative social media posts, you will see people calling other people names based on half-truths. Who is behind that? It would be entirely unsurprising to find one or the other of the above groups involved.
What can they gain? Money. Power. An election. If you sit back and look at political campaigns, you can see the means of division. If you read the small print on who is paying for the ads, you will find Big Business.
What can we do? Don’t have a knee-jerk reaction because someone said something. First of all, not all registered voters of any political party like or approve of the actions of every politician in that party. Stating that everyone who is a member of that party is an idiot (or worse) is divisive; you are doing exactly what is wanted.
Don’t share political attack posts. Even if you believe every word, you could inadvertently cause more division from someone else who reads it…and you may find out later that the post was inaccurate. I’ve seen it happen.
Listen between the lines to what each party says and how big business acts. If you’re a conservative, think about whether or not Big Business should receive tax benefits or pay more taxes. If you’re a liberal think about the problems created by having government take over more and more of our lives. Are these things *really* what you want? If you sit down and look at it objectively, you may find yourself disagreeing with some of what your party wants.
Vote. Please vote. Don’t just vote for the national elections, vote all of the time for all of the politicians. If you want a candidate that holds your personal views the best, you will have to find him or her before there are only two choices. You won’t find a good liberal or a good conservative if you don’t learn about the people running and vote.
We don’t have to be divided. We don’t have to call each other names. We don’t have to let others take over our lives. However, if we keep going on the way we have been we might see our house divided.