Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
2 comments

Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

Them and Us: Why Our Nation Is Divided

By (about the author)     Permalink
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 1   Well Said 1   Valuable 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

They are taking away our nation.

I am still trying to find out who they are. So many people complain these days that it is hard to hear any rational ideas.

I went to a group of concerned citizens recently to listen to their concerns. I kept hearing accusations that President Obama wasn't obeying the Constitution, that people needed to stop them from taking their guns and that big government is a disaster.

Unable to muster any enthusiasm to join them or even to take part in their discussion, I I left at the meeting's end still wondering: what unites these and other groups across the country?

Is it really the Constitution?

I don't think so. I never heard from any of these people when the Bush Administration thumbed its nose at civil liberties with its almost unlimited use of phone taps.

Is it really about the Second Amendment?

I doubt it. These people like to interpret this amendment strictly but their take on the Fourth Amendment is much looser since few, if any, contest the use of X-ray machines at airports.

Is it really about big government?

No way. Again, look at the Bush Administration, which expanded Medicare and added the Department of Homeland Security.

It is even more basic than all of this. I sense a strain of self-righteousness when I hear people complain of these matters on television or when I listen to concerned citizens.

These people chomp at the bit to be more right than others. No matter the issue, some people feel a need to at least appear to be morally superior to others.

Hence, the long-windedness (for maximum rhetorical effect).

Hence, the appeal to emotion (it is easier to provoke than to reason).

Hence, the put-downs of others (not everyone is good enough to be right; otherwise, we would all have to share everything).

People get upset because most of us are more concerned about our own rights than those of others. If rights were equal, there would be no us and they.

 

http://www.deanhartwell.com

Dean Hartwell's book, "Planes without Passengers: the Faked Hijackings of 9/11," reached the top of Amazon's charts for large print books on history. He has authored three others: "Facts Talk but the Guilty Walk:the 9/11 No Hijacker Theory and Its (more...)
 
Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Editor

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Stop Shooting Conspiracy Theory Messengers

Reverse the Revolution of 1963

Debate over Judyth Vary Baker's JFK Story Gets Record Response

Road to 9/11 Truth Goes through Cleveland

What is the Real Story about Jesus?

9/11 Passengers Landed in Cleveland

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
2 people are discussing this page, with 2 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

Dean, thanks for the most succinct and articulate ... by Jay Farrington on Thursday, Aug 27, 2009 at 12:03:48 PM
You're welcome, Jay! Thank you for reading!... by Dean Hartwell on Thursday, Aug 27, 2009 at 12:20:52 PM