A Country Divided Will Not Stand

Our country is self-destructing and it gets worse every day. If we continue to let the media and politicians decide our future, the United States will cease to be the country we know. Are you ready for the destruction of the United States of America as we know it today? I doubt that most of us are. But are you willing to do something about it? If you are, then keep reading—your at the right place. So let’s get started. We’ll take a look at the real problems first.

A Country Divided

Let’s start with how deeply divided our country is. We likely see the most significant separation than we ever have since the civil war. And it gets worse every day. I believe there is still time to come together, but it’s running out. We need to act now.

As it stands now, there are calls for eliminating police departments, and even worse, police officers are coming under physical attack. And while it may be just a minority who think this is ok, they are the loudest voices out there.

If we continue to allow the current environment to persist, we risk losing our freedoms, safety, and, eventually, our way of life as we know it today. We must take this seriously, and we have to take decisive action to change direction now! But to do that, we first need to understand how we got this way.

Why Is Our Country Divided?

So why is our country so angry, to the point that a political conversation erupts into pure hatred? There are countless, but let’s look at those bearing most of the blame.

The Mainstream Media

First, we have the apparent racism, bigotry, and discrimination. But contrary to what the mainstream media would like us to believe, it has gotten better. Far from perfect but better. In my opinion, the mainstream media bears much of the blame for our current predicament. At best, they slant their views to make the truth appear to be something it is not. They take statements people make out of context or report partial facts that twist the final reporting to the point there is no truth to be found.

Remember Nick Sandmann, the young man demonized by the press, smiling at a Native American man who approached him during a protest. The mainstream media (not to mention social media, which we will get to) aired an edited video of Mr. Sandmann, a sixteen-year-old boy, portraying him as racist, insulting, and just an awful person.

As it turned out, Nick Sandmann was just a student on a school field trip. He wasn’t trying to be anything other than what he was, a sixteen-year-old boy. Mr. Sandmann eventually settled a lawsuit against CNN for a reported $275 million. And he is suing other media outlets as well.

At worst, the mainstream media is intentionally reporting false facts or suppressing the truth for their dubious reasons. Perhaps they want to protect their position on a particular issue or feel better about what we, the people, should know. Whatever the reason they have, there is nothing that justifies misleading the public they represent.

Social Media

Fake News

The term “Fake News” was made famous by President Trump, but regardless of how you feel about him, it is true. Much of our news is fake. That brings me to the next challenge we face, social media.

Social media organizations like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram dominate our landscape. Others are popping up every day, but these three seem to be the most widespread. Unfortunately, users are allowed to spread falsehoods with abandon. For years these social media giants ignored the “fake news” that is increasing on their platforms.

Law Protects Social Media

Fortunately for the social media giants, there is a law that protects them from almost anything people say on their sites. If that were not enough, it also protects them from censoring speech on their sites in most cases. Here is a link to the law as it now stands if you want to get into the specifics.

47 U.S.C. 230 – Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material

So what does that mean? Well, I’m not an attorney, but as I read it, the social media platforms have protection from the fake stuff that their users post, and they are protected if they censor real news in their posts. The total loser here is us.

Social Media Has Unabated Power

They have immense power, and I subscribe to the often quoted “absolute power corrupts absolutely.” I believe Abraham Lincoln is the person credited with the quote, but I could very well be wrong, and I have not yet fact-checked it. My point is we have allowed them to accumulate immense power and use it to manipulate us as they see fit.

Most recently, Twitter censored a tweet that contained a link to a Washington Post article about Joe Biden’s son. They went so far as to disable the newspaper’s Twitter account and even disabled other users’ accounts because their posts contained links to this article. While I have not had the will power to open the news today, I do not believe they have given a reason for their actions.

Then There Are The Politicians

Indeed, you didn’t think I would leave out the politicians. Not a chance. I am confident there are some good people in politics, but I don’t believe there are many. They get in office and will do just about anything to stay there and accumulate power, unabated.

Let’s face it, neither Democrats nor Republicans have earned our trust. Donald Trump is elected because mainstream politicians are nothing more than people who will tell you what you want to hear. He does not do that. It remains uncertain if he can get re-elected, but it will be for the same reason if Mr. Trump is defeated. He speaks what he feels, even if people don’t want to hear it.

So Now What?

We cannot trust the mainstream media, the social media, or the politicians, so who can we trust? That is the one billion dollar question. And I have barely scratched the surface of why we are in the current state of division.

But, with some good faith discussion and healthy disagreement, we can find the answer. We have to because it’s time to take our country back!

I’ll post my thoughts on some things we can do to change, but I certainly don’t have all the answers. I started by voting the other day, but that’s only the beginning. There is far more that has to we have to do. If we do nothing, we risk becoming another Venezuela or, worse, a hermit kingdom like North Korea. You may think I’m exaggerating, but there was a time we did not believe a single bomb could annihilate an entire city.

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by | Oct 18, 2020 | Government, Media, Politics

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