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Old 05-22-2009, 09:27 PM
 
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Will this be our downfall. Everybody is jumping into camps and saying the other side is wrong and I'm right. We have a strong dissent in America on the way we feel about things. With our political views, religious views, racial and class views. This is whats going to be our demise not some guy driving a truck into a city and blowing it up. America was founded basically so people can do whatever they want as long as they aren't bothering other people. As long as we continue to peek into others lives and worry about what they are doing we are on a collision course with failure. My question for CD is what way can we avoid this course we're on or if you disagree why? I would post this in the Political Fourm, but too many knuckleheads there.
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:50 PM
 
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Yes. And the worst part is we are often being polarized by invented controversies. Politicians need to rile up a base and the best way to do that is to make them afraid of the others. The ones who aren't like them, the bad ones. If there isn't a wedge issue they just make one up. Remember the "war on Christmas"? Everything, I MEAN EVERYTHING, is turning into an us vs them issue. It's scary.
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Old 05-22-2009, 10:18 PM
 
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I have been posting on this forum for a few days on the Monsanto/evil question, the absolute unabashed, in your face responses, are getting to be in the 50% percent range. The thread was turning toward a discussion on corporate behavior and how it came to be highly criticised. Yes, the country as a whole has changed, mostly due to the advent of "bluster radio", wherein the host bashes and "creams" the opponent, kind of like radio wrestling. It is this style of discourse that has the young males in its grasp, some old ones too. It's not what people say that bothers me but moreover, how they say it. Jerry Springer knows that his show would hold little interest for the lumpen prole if it were'nt for the actual fighting and kick butt kind of heros that he has become known for. It would be sad to think that America has dumbed down to the point that a decent conversation cannot take place, you will always be waiting for the hot head to prevail and commence to some violent behavior to make a point. It's the violent polarity that has me worried, in Germany it was the Friekorps, (freecorp) that carried out the early violence that came to characterize the Nazi party years later. Historically, nations that became polarized politically, or theologically, have had a rough time of it, American's need to find their common ground.
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