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. IĂ˘â‚¬â„˘m more of a liberal and heĂ˘â‚¬â„˘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 donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t want to allow his content to reach the front. Why would they want a conservative to get his opinion across? This wasnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘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 Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“shoutsĂ˘â‚¬Âť that said, Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“bury this conservative bastardĂ˘â‚¬Âť 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 couldnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘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 didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t want to hear a conservativeĂ˘â‚¬â„˘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. ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘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, theyĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ll disagree with what I say. ThatĂ˘â‚¬â„˘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?