A couple of years ago it was reported that Brett Favre’s presence in the Vikings locker room had created a Chasm. There were teammates loyal to the quarterbacks who had already been there a few years, and doubted whether Brett could still lead a team. In the end, he won over the locker room and got them to the NFC championship. I always thought it was a strange way to use the turn chasm, but it couldn’t have been a more profound way of looking at the situation. Two sides were divided by a belief and loyalties.
Today we are facing a grave situation. Our political structure has become divided by political beliefs and loyalties, but there is no Brett Favre that can unite the team. One would think that a president could pull together opposing sides and bridge that gap, but it is being reinforced. Worse yet, the two chasms are actually being paid to be different. At least in Brett Favre’s situation, their team was paid to come together. In our government, you have the Republicans being politically backed by large corporations that want limited government and a weak tax structure. On the Democrat side, you have Unions and other interests that donate to enlarge government regulations and directly conflict with donors that back Republican issues. This may seem obvious, but it is creating such a stalemate that nothing can get done. The frustration is boiling over to a disgusting display of word twisting. Both sides are culpable and both sides are ruining our country.
Because our media is no longer attempting to be unbiased, they are feeding the flames. Instead of reporting facts, they are using only the facts that favors their side. For example, Obama bashing is now become a sport on Fox News, a Republican slanted news channel. In an attempt to create a mental link for the audience, you will often hear Obama referred to by his entire name: Barack Hussein Obama. This is trashy news commentary trying to connect him to the decease dictator of Iraq. It is the same on MSNBC News. They often paint with a broad brush stroke trying to paint the entire Republican base with ignorant and racist strokes. For example, instead of focusing on the fact that religious affiliated churches don’t want to sell birth control because it directly conflicts with their faith, they say that all Republicans want to get rid of birth-control. It is a obsurdity, and unfair to force a Catholic Hospital to sell something that is against their faith. What you will get is Catholic Hospitals closing up shop rather than knowingly commit a sin. Who would that benefit? Republicans, as a whole, have no problem with people going elsewhere for birth control. You see where I’m going with this.
Both sides are intentionally creating a chasm. They are trying to draw clearer and clearer lines in the sand intended to draw support from opposition and create more of a need for donations. Obviously, companies that carry birth control are going to feel the need to support a democrat in elections if they are being convinced that Santorum will shut down or even affect their margins. The same is happening on the other side. A company like Haliburton or Lockheed Martin is reading that Democrats want to tax them into oblivion and reduce government spending on defense contracts. The truth might be far from the truth, but they are hedging their bets by backing Republican candidates. For the purposes of this article, I won’t even go into the tax loopholes, earmarks, and subsidies that they are trying to garner from both sides by donating. Government officials are becoming very successful. Donations to campaigns are at all time highs. For example, the Presidential campaign is already 460% above its mark at this point in the last election. Super PAC’s are pouring money into campaigns. If you simply look at current GOP candidates, it is not uncommon to see an average of $460 spent per vote in close districts.
The result of this hemorrhage of money is that campaigns and media are devoid of all decency and unbiased truths. Making comments like, “Romney wants to send little old ladies back to Mexico,” or “Obama shouldn’t apologize to Muslims for burning the Koran” are playing on stereotypes, fears, and racist beliefs. Our country is being taught racism. Political figureheads are playing on the fact that fear is creating a racist divide between Muslim and Christian beliefs. Millions of Muslims are peaceful, but if we say it enough we can get a voter in South Carolina to believe that Obama is bowing to a murderous culture.
Our country still is the greatest country in the world. Our freedoms that have been paid for in blood are something to be treasured, but greed in our government is driving rhetoric that will destroy our country and our freedoms. American culture is becoming two different cultures and the before mentioned rhetoric is deepening and widening the great chasm. Now more than ever, we have to get the money agenda out of Washington and clean up our Media or there will be no Republic to repair.