by Gray Graham
The shootings in Arizona on Saturday brought up a topic that really has been under the surface for the past 10 years in the United States. It has become increasing obvious that the average person has no use for anyone that thinks differently than they do. It doesn't matter what the subject is, if someone disagrees with you then they are the enemy.
We heard this for eight years when Clinton was president, eight years when Bush was president, and for two years since Obama has been president. The opposing political party makes the other side into demons that serve the Devil and are trying to destroy our way of life. Leaders and members of both parties hurl hateful insults at each other like it is common place. Shock political jocks routinely talk about “stopping our enemies at all costs”.
These feelings are not just home to politics, but all aspects of life. Be it different religion, same religion, race, culture, sexual orientation, weight, or just about anything else. I have seen some of the meanest ,cruelest, and most hateful things said to others by people from everything from a football game to a simple facebook discussion amongst friends.
My question has been for the longest time how much more has to happen before we as a country will finally stop this behavior? Do we want to rip the country apart or do we want to get along and live together working towards a common good? Instead of understanding this, people are spending time either attacking someone or defending themselves.
I have heard many people say that this is a war for the heart of the United States. Apparently these people have not actually fought in a war, studied about war, or talked to anyone that has fought in a war. If they had then they would understand that war is something to be avoided at all cost instead of being gloried. To this day the war that killed the most Americans was the Civil War not a foreign enemy.
We can only hope that this at least begins the dialogue to change things where we will learn to actually get along and live together with honor and respect instead of the hate rhetoric we have been showing for the past 20 years. Time will surely tell.