Political Divide Is Widening, and That’s Bad News [OPINION]
You know, I didn't vote for Barack Obama for president. No, really! I know you're surprised but I didn't. However, there were times when I didn't mind the guy. Inauguration Day, Jan 20, 2009, was a great day for America.
An African-American had been voted in as the leader of the nation for the very first time. I recall how hopeful I was that he would do a good job. Though I had my doubts, I gave him a chance to prove me wrong. I actually found myself liking him when he went on The O'Reilly Factor and was actually pressed for answers to questions not given to him by the more mainstream media that tends to favor liberal politicians.
Mr. Obama started to laugh when O'Reilly felt he was getting the upper hand by the semi-stuttering in the president's interrupted answers to questions, which came one after the other. I appreciated the situation that the president was in and I liked that he saw the humor in O'Reilly's peppering style. Maybe because that's how I might have reacted.
Either way, he connected with me. I saw the guy that Democrats saw on the campaign trail.
By the time he went on Fox News's The O'Reilly Factor, the president was much better versed on issues he'd need to know to go anywhere near a show like that, but more importantly to be POTUS.
I had not been impressed with his resumé to enter the Oval Office. One half-term as Illinois State Senator and roughly one-third of a term as U.S. Senator representing Illinois, and suddenly thrust into the presidential race.
He hit the ground running, passing a $787 stimulus bill, the Affordable Healthcare Act and mostly drove me bananas.
I bring all this up because I really did try to give him a chance.
Trump entered office and was given quite the opposite. For example, not a snowball's chance in Hell was offered by the snowflakes now in their own personal hell. The emotionally unstable masses of liberal women wept from November 8, 2016, and until after they made a world record collection of fools of themselves on Trump's Inauguration Day on January 20th, 2017.
From Hollywood, California to Garfield Circle at the Capitol building, women in pink vagina hats marched on the nation's capital, armed with cotton replicas of female genitalia and tankers of estrogen-laced rage. Give him a chance? Him?!
And if we're being honest, President Trump gave his gazillion haters all the ammo they needed to invest in this rage. For starters, he had the audacity to not only defeat one of the deepest pools of talent in the Republican Primary in my adult lifetime, he beat the far more "deserving" Hillary Rodham Clinton in the general election.
And he did it in a rather, well, non-traditional way? He heckled from the podium. He insulted his political opponents on stage with him. He went back and forth on Twitter with actors and retired bureaucrats as if he were Don Rickles. Many people grew to hate the idea of a President Trump more by the day.
He also got busted bragging to Billy Bush, an NBC reporter (and cousin to the Bush family), in an ambush, consisting of a live mic and rolling videotape documentation while discussing his sexual prowess around attractive ladies. We all know how ridiculous and unpresidential that sound bite was.
Was it an old man trying to show his testosterone is still legit to a younger buck while no ladies were around and after presuming no recording was taking place, or was he stating what he actually does whenever the mood and opportunity strikes?
Next to no one really knows, but he was not caught actually grabbing them by the what he claimed to grab them by, no groping, raping, or sexually assaulting, but treated as though he was. Hey, If that were my political opposition, I'd likely focus on that, too. That was another self-inflicted wound.
But once he is sworn in, Americans are supposed to calm themselves and hope the opposition does a good job, because he is the president of all Americans, at least until January 20, 2020.
I recently heard a man in a conversation quote someone else, but it resonated with me:
"To me, I support the president the same as I do the pilot of the aircraft that I'm flying in. I should hope he does the best job possible. It doesn't matter if he is Democrat or Republican. My life is in his hands once he puts his hands on the controls."
Where is that in America now? We used to be a "forgive and forget" kind of nation. Then with the invention of television, we became more of a "forgive but don't forget" people.
Today, with social media, a dying print press which is lashing out before the retreat to the internet, and of course the 24/7 news channels looking to keep viewers locked on to their channels, we have become dangerous adversaries.
It got sort of bad with the Bush/Gore election and the Iraq War. It worsened with the fistfights and shoving outside of the Obamacare town hall meetings in 2009.
Today, we have Antifa to the left. We have white supremacists to the right. The white supremacists feel that they have an opportunity to thrive under Trump's tenure. Their numbers grew under Obama's time, but in the woods, not visible in the public square.
Like better than 95 percent of Republicans, I want nothing to do with racist groups, white power or supremacy types. They do tend to vote Republican more than Democrats but for several reasons as I see it.
- They see minorities voting Democrat so the polar opposite is the predictable reaction.
- Most of the unruly youths of these groups don't understand why Affirmative Action was the right thing at the time and resent the idea of the people they've been taught to hate, getting some unfair advantages and Democrats carry the torch for these kinds of things since 1968 and later.
- Democrats say many of the things that communist groups and foreign leaders have said and they believe they are one and the same. Communists are another group they've been taught to hate.
While I hate communism (because I'm smart), I don't think it's healthy to hate the person spouting it. It can come to that, but I try to fight it and am almost always successful.
The neo-liberals rising today are the most concerning. Kind of like what the Uruk Hai were to the Orcs in Lord of the Rings.
This American leftists of today are not "love in their eyes and flowers in their hair" hippies. They reject Zeppelin's portrayal and instead go straight to the Rage Against the Machine one.
Black boots and tactical outfits, face masks, gas masks, bats, spiked bats, cans of mace, ambushes of Trump supporters, taser guns, shod foot and sucker-punch beatings are the norm today.
The left controls the minds of the youth. They always will. Educators are predominantly left-leaning, originally because of the union and Democratic Party alliance, but they are mostly liberal for diverse reasons these days. The message is more appealing. Blow through your cash; if it feels good, do it. Take a bite from as many apples as you want.
If I'm a kid, I'm all in. I believe I can hang with you fellas for a while. But if I'm a more reasoning adult and look at things closer and can see what consequences there are by living so recklessly, I'm more cautious. More concerned. More conservative.
Rudyard Kipling's "Gods of The Copybook Headings" was written 100 years ago in 1919:
With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."
Those Gods of the Copybook Headings are conservatives, the Gods of the Market liberals, and the whole thing still just as relevant today as it was a century ago.
As I watch more mainstream media broadcasts such as CNN, MSNBC and NBC News, I can't help but become consumed with the incredibly tireless effort they are pushing forth, which is that the Republicans, President Trump and his supporters are all racists.
As I wrote recently, this has to stop. Not the actual racism that's being reported, because those kinds of things need to be reported. But the perverted use of the terms used to enrage the viewers and listeners is already bringing about increased political unrest and even violence.
Can you really believe everyone that didn't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton is somehow proof that we are all racist?
I fear that this coming presidential race will finally bring about multiple fatalities on the streets directly due to political unrest and from there, the enemies of this nation will be wringing their hands and contributing to the fires.
"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." Matthew 12:25
I think that is the point.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@