DIVIDED BY DESIGN
By Bob Confer
been split in twain by the Tucson shooting. Those who align with the
Democrats insist on painting those who lean Republican as enemies of our
nation, breeders of hate so pervasive that they are more responsible for the
murder of 6 innocents – and the attempted assassination of Congresswomen
Giffords – than its conspirator Jared Loughner ever could be. It has been a
sickening roller coaster ride that showed the left displaying the vitriol
that it claims to be against.
Lost in the ensuing back-and-forth was what mattered most, the lives taken
and lives affected by the gunman. Political gamesmanship dominated what
should have been a period of time that highlighted a nation in mourning yet
one so proud of itself that it would not waver in its principles of being a
government by, for, and accessible to the people.
It was grossly un-American.
Or was it?
This division is nothing new. This post-shooting hysteria is a perfect
snapshot of what American politics has been and will ever be. We are a
nation divided by the contrasts of 2 parties, the Republicans and Democrats.
That conflict, though, is only a mask. The parties, especially within the
inner-workings of our outsized federal system, are more intertwined than
we’ll ever know. Think of how easily war was "declared" by President Bush at
the behest of Congress or how the Patriot Act passed with limited fireworks
or how Congress so tamely allowed trillions in economic rescue during the
recession or how body scanners magically appeared within days of the
attempted Christmas underwear bombing.
We, as a people, were made to be divided on those and similar issues, yet
the dominoes had already been set into play beforehand by the powers-that-be
on both sides of the supposed aisle. Big stuff like that slips by hurriedly
under the public fray. Instead, it's the minor issues or those that are
long-term in transformation (hot button issues like public assistance,
corporate welfare, abortion and guns) where the party leaders play the
political football that keeps us captivated while making us oblivious to
matters affecting our everyday lives.
To make things like that happen requires a careful manipulation of the
masses, brainwashing if you will, through the modern press and our
educational system. The shooting fall-out has shown that Americans who were
taught so very little about government and civics in our schools are
ill-equipped to discern right from wrong, good from bad, truth from fiction
in the amalgamation of so-called news and commentary spewed from television
sets, the radio and the internet. Case in point, last week, like lemmings
millions – yes, millions - of Americans followed lock-step the utterly
stupid belief that right-wingers were responsible for the mass murder, even
though it was apparent Loughner is anything but a Conservative.
The political leaders have created a perfect subterfuge. As we bicker over
who made who kill who, think of the absurd legislation that's been
mothballed for years by the Republican and Democrat powerbrokers that's just
been begging for an incident like this: Are they devising means to limit
public access to Congress and the entire federal system? Are they looking
for ways to regulate the way you are allowed to speak – and even think --
about elected officials and bureaucrats? Are they developing methods of
controlling peaceable assembly? Are they conspiring over ways to spy on our
The answer is “yes” to all of those questions because once Tucson’s dust has
settled and we’re all licking our wounds from the ongoing hate game,
Americans will be more than willing to abandon some of their rights and
privileges to “make things better”.
That’s how the game works: Drain our emotions and energy by forcing us to
expend them on one another and then we’ll lack the vitality to fight the
system. Our voices are and will be lost in the din of a divide manufactured
by a big government intent on advancing its own interests. We’re being
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