Independence Day in a Divided Nation

I’m posting this on an off-day for Bitchspot, but that’s just how the 4th of July falls this year.  I wanted to say a couple of things about how this no longer feels like a national holiday because this no longer feels like a nation.  We have become so completely ideologically deadlocked, with both sides acting like children, that it’s hard to take a celebration of our independence seriously.  We’re just not independent anymore.

But people need to learn independence, especially independence from their ideological fanaticism. There are people out there, on both sides of the aisle, who are entirely incapable of thinking for themselves.  They hate everyone on the other side, on every topic conceivable, just because they’re on the other side.  You have assholes on the left who hate everything Trump has to say, simply because Trump said it.  It doesn’t matter how innocuous it might be, it’s terrible because it came out of his mouth.  And the same is true of assholes on the right who did the same thing over Obama.  These people have lost all reason when it comes to people who don’t walk in lockstep with their political beliefs.  They are incapable of stepping back and looking at anything from an unbiased perspective.

If you can’t think for yourself, as so many people cannot these days, then what hope is there?  I see this everywhere, from every political perspective.  What were once the fanatics, the extremists, are now the mainstream.  How can we hope to resolve our differences if people are absolutely unwilling to even talk to those they don’t already agree with?  How can we come together as a nation if we are so completely ideologically divided?  It just keeps getting worse and when it gets worse, both sides turn to violence, as we’re seeing today, particularly on the political left.  I’ve asked before, but how long before both sides declare an ideological jihad and come out shooting?  I think we’ve already seen the first few battles on the front of a new, and violent all-out war.

It’s fine to disagree.  You don’t have to like everyone, but you can’t allow yourself to sink into that kind of abject hatred of anyone who isn’t on your side.  Not only does that fracture society, but it eventually leads to the kind of thing we saw in Atheism+ and other far-left movements, it leads to eating your own, as everyone virtue signals as hard as they can, dedicated to throwing anyone who isn’t as virtuous as they are, or about exactly the same things, out into the cold.  It leads only to self-destruction and, on a large scale, the fall of a great nation.  People need to grow the hell up now, while there’s still time.

Come on people, enough is enough.  We need to work through our differences rationally, not through violence and not through abject hatred.  This is something I don’t want to have to come back with “I told you so” later on.  Can we please nip this in the bud before it gets out of hand?  Otherwise, as we’re clawing our way out of the rubble, we are going to regret it.  You might not think so now, but you will, and it will all be your fault.

2 thoughts on “Independence Day in a Divided Nation”

  1. Independence from ideological fanaticism and tribalism would be a big step in the right direction. We need to re-learn how to disagree with others without dehumanizing them.

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