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A Nation Divided

In the past four years rebellions, riots, protest, and fractured governments have become the norm. We have seen dictators toppled, forms of government change, and thousands more killed in an attempt to dispose of their leader. As the whole world appears to be hemorrhaging from internal conflict one can only wonder how long our national unity can remain intact. As our country faces its national election it has become self evident that the population is clearly divided over fundamental issues. The lines have been drawn between capitalism and socialism; between taxing the rich to trusting in liberated capital to produce more jobs; between same sex marriage and a marriage union of the opposite sex; between abortion and the sanctity of life; and, between government heath care and private sector health care. Unfortunately, others have attempted to draw lines between the rich and the poor; between white and black (or Hispanic); and, between a woman’s right to choose and her inability to do so. Four years ago the rhetoric of a young man attempted to unite a country when he said things like, “There is not red states and blue states, but the United States.” Four years later the rhetoric has changed. Division is now a hallmark of both campaigns with aggressive behavior, divisive television ads, false accusations, and disrespectful interruptions during national debates. Continue reading A Nation Divided