Yes, YOU. This fight is your fault…

If you are reading this, what’s going on around here is all your fault…But I will get back to that a little later.

First, some good news:

Folks who the power structure has historically marginalized are shedding the shackles that society had once cast upon them. The law now allows people to love who they want, marry who they want, and live every day of their life as who they truly want to be. Women are feeling empowered to tell their stories of workplace harassment, assault, and rape that has gone on for far too long and society, as well as law enforcement in some cases, are making the perpetrators answer for their crimes.

There is discontent. People are speaking out. There is a fight going on. A good fight.

Some are in support of the marginalized. Others appear to be against.

But wouldn’t it be great if those who are being fought for could fight for themselves. If all peoples from all walks of life and all viewpoints had a seat at the table?

Of course.

But this will never happen while we are fighting each other.

Which is weird, right? While we fight for the fundamental human rights of all in our country, it holds the oppressed down.

And it holds them down because it holds everybody down.

Imagine the bully and his cabal on the playground. They coerce two weaker classmates to fight. And fight they do. Shirts are ripped. Noses bloodied.

And they didn’t even have a beef with each other.

Their fight was really with the power structure— with the bully and company— who sit back and enjoy the show.

Our fight has been going on for a long time, and it is coming to a head. The divide may be more prominent than it has been since the middle of the 19th century. We fight and fight and vote, and one side gets their president and the other doesn’t.

Then that side and that president work to undo the work of the last president and institute their vision of what America should be. Back and forth. Back and forth.

And all the while, Big Money, Big Business, and Government Officials tell us what to be upset about, who to be afraid of, who to blame for it, and where to send the money.

Our shirts get ripped. Our noses get bloodied.

Worst of all, we think we are fighting each other.

Some evidence:

  • In 2008, half of the electorate threatened to move to Canada after its candidate didn’t win.
  • In 2016, half of the electorate threatened to move to Canada after its candidate didn’t win.
  • In 2016, enough of us who turned out voted for somebody with no experience in governance of any kind, a shady social and economic past, and was happy to do so.
  • In 2016, about half of us who turned out voted either for “not him,” or somebody whose family’s political history is checkered with questionable dealings and relationships, and was proud to be “with her.”
  • Friends and family unfriend each other because of political posts on social media.
  • Our angry social media posts, originally directed at the powers that be, end up as a name-calling fight between constituents from both sides of the battle.
  • We grant forgiveness and leniency to sexual predators who share our political leanings, while we order immediate social execution for those who don’t.
  • Or this
  • And this

Meanwhile, families who live below the poverty level work harder than ever to have little or no chance to improve their standing. The middle-class shrinks and its tax money bails out Big Business which is deemed by the government as “too big to fail.”

See the hidden message there? Your family is small enough to fail, small enough for foreclosure or bankruptcy.

The system needs to be rebooted. The two-party system is a party for the rich and powerful only.

The rest of us won’t give up. We’ll continue to fight. But until we realize who and what we should be fighting against (hint: not each other), and take ownership of our role in propagating the problem, not much will change.

Yes, this is all my fault. And yours, too. But together we can fix it.




One Comment

  1. Eric Pseja said:

    There also exists a large problem where people don’t understand that in order to have a healthy, functioning American society, NOBODY can be at a 100% satisfaction level. It’s a game of compromise, where the main goal should be to find that magic balance which gives the most people the most satisfaction across “the issues” that occupy the legislative branch’s time.

    But wait — it gets even more complicated. In many cases (and in large part due to the hyper-partisanship that fuels clandestine back alley dealings which produce complete opacity in what should be crystal clear government), American voters don’t even know what’s good for them. Increasingly, instead of digging in and doing their homework to make an informed decision about things (which is hard), many people are content to sit back and wait to be sold on an ideology by a guy who’s wearing the right color tie (which is easy). An uneducated consumer is the bitter and divided government’s best customer (sorry, Sy Sims).

    And to parrot the content of your article, until people take the time they spend railing about fractured politics and put it towards something novel like studying why places like Norway, Denmark and Iceland are consistently among the happiest countries on earth (and voting for the people and policies that may orient the bow towards such happiness), nothing will change. But that’s an article for a different day…

    December 21, 2017

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