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Why has America been Reduced to Ideological Hatred?

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I was trying to decide what I wanted to write about to submit to Derek, but I kept drawing a blank. I’m more of a liberal and he’s a conservative. He believes that the government spending is ridiculous and I believe that there are instances where a little government spending is important. However, when I happened across his article about being a conservative on Digg, I realized what I wanted to write about.

Why has America been reduced to such ideological hatred?

Derek mentioned how he was never allowed on the front page of Digg because the readership is mostly liberal and because of this, they don’t want to allow his content to reach the front. Why would they want a conservative to get his opinion across? This wasn’t the first time that I noticed trends of ideological hatred.

I remember when I joined Digg a second time with my political account. I built up an account and had gained a following (plus followed a group of people). It was during this time that I started to realize just how much there was this ideological hatred. I started to receive “shouts” that said, “bury this conservative bastard” or something along those lines. I can confidently say that I never did, but I was pulled to. Here I was, being asked by my liberal brethren to denounce a conservative argument for the better of the liberal movement. I couldn’t help but want to do my part to Online Pokies ensure that liberals got their voice heard.

Fortunately, I never did because of fear of it happening to myself. Looking back on it, though, I realized that the country had been divided into red and blue. If you were a liberal, you congregated around liberals and you only wanted to associate with them. You didn’t want to hear a conservative’s point of view because by nature, they had to be wrong. There was no way that they could be right.

These are the United States of America. These are the United States of Liberals and then the United States of Conservatives. It’s as if there is a whole new split between North and South and all we are waiting for is a whole new secession. What amazes me is that eight years ago come September, we were all united. It did not matter which side you aligned with: elephant or donkey. All that mattered was that you were an American.

I may be a liberal and if any readers from this site visit my site, chances are, they’ll disagree with what I say. That’s fine. I disagree with what Derek says. But, when I disagree, I disagree with what he is saying and not who he is. We are Americans and it is common to disagree. However, to hate a person for their beliefs only causes more hatred in this country. Is that exactly what we need?

Since when do Americans hate their fellow patriots?

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  1. May 11th, 2009 at 23:12 | #1

    While we may not agree on many things, Jacob has a great point here. We are Americans, and that should be enough of a bond. I remember 9/11 very vividly. It was a terrible act of violence that I hope isn’t repeated. However, I have to say that in the months following 9/11 I saw some amazing things. People came together. People were proud of our country. At a football game, you could hear a pin drop when the national anthem was being sung. Now, people are talking and laughing and walking around, but not then.

    I don’t understand the hatred that has sprung up between the parties. I understand people wanting power, and to get that they have to beat the other side, but what has been going on recently goes beyond that. I will certainly continue to point out when mistakes are being made, but I will try to not stoop to the level that many have reached in the last few months.

    Thanks again for this contribution Jacob.

  2. Jeffrey
    May 12th, 2009 at 09:14 | #2

    Thats all fine and good, but there is a bigger problem. The parties themselves. We have demigod the various sides so much we are not watching what our own side is doing. Example for Conservatives, they allowed the neo-con movement to expand government for 8 years under Bush, and they defended him for it. Example for Liberals, the current administration is drastically changing the private sector down a path to socialism. There’s no argument about that, it is what it is, but it is still being denied by the liberals who don’t believe in socialism. What ever your belief is, we all need to watch the politicians represent us, and hold them accountable. Remember its policies that effect the citizenry, not pandering speaches.

  3. May 12th, 2009 at 09:48 | #3

    I completely agree that we need to hold our politicians accountable. The issue comes in when people seem to not care what happens for those three years before/after an election (which really are the same three years, huh?) It’s for that last year, and really, those last six months, and REALLY, those last four months after the conventions, that people care. Other than that, ignorance is bliss. If people are apathetic, the politicians are going to do what they want. Apathy is a weakness and unfortunately, it’s a weakness too many Americans have.

  4. Jeffrey
    May 12th, 2009 at 14:26 | #4

    You’re correct. Another point, when 45% of the population has no federal tax liability, that breeds apathy. (BTW, that is #1 reason I support the FairTax. They may still have no liability, but the taxes are in the open for everyone to see. Thus, more likely to see how they are spent.)

  5. May 12th, 2009 at 18:15 | #5

    I can agree that a FairTax might be useful; however, I honestly don’t think that enough money could be raised from it to cover all the programs we have and the wars that we have. I mean…Social Security alone costs a ton of money. Will Americans, in the future, spend enough to cover all the programs that we have plus a plethora of others?

  6. Jeffrey
    May 12th, 2009 at 19:08 | #6

    I believe that it can. The experts seem to think so, Harvard included. Economic advantages that it gives businesses over other world markets is huge. That expansion alone will bring in more government revenue. Now if we can keep the government from spending it and more is another issue.

  7. May 12th, 2009 at 20:29 | #7

    That’s an issue that is, unfortunately, an issue with both Democrats and Republicans. I’ve really enjoyed talking this with you, Jeffrey. Drop me an e-mail sometime, if you ever feel like talking more: jacob@wethepeoplepolitics.com.