I have been having a feeling lately that we, like much of the rest of the world, are dividing ourselves into smaller and smaller factions. We just can’t seem to agree on any common bonds anymore. Everything is “us” vs “them”.
Look at Africa. If you look at a world map of 50 years ago you would not see hardly any of the current States on that continent. But then again the rest of the world has also fractured a lot since then. If you are interested take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_world_map_changes to see the listing of changes. I must warn you ahead of time that there are maybe a thousand changes in the last fifty years. The list is very long.
It was heartening for many of us to see that democracy was getting a foothold in the Middle East via Egypt. But of course that was a short-term happening. Instead all the different factions continued to do battle with each other resulting in yet another military coup in that country. They just refused to put past animosities aside and look for a common bond. But really is that much different from what we are currently doing in this country? Recalling State senators in Colorado because you don’t like how they voted on a gun bill, isn’t that thwarting democracy too? Aren’t we almost as guilty of fracturing our democracy with such things?
The world has always been about the various religious factions fighting each other but now that also seems to be endemic even within each major religious group. Christians no longer associate with other Christians because they don’t believe 100% the same thing. The Christian world is primarily made up of at least two opposing sects. In reality there are thousands of fractured groups claiming that they alone have it right. Of course Christianity is not alone in the matter; Muslims have their own version of fracture.
Getting back to our country, If this constant bickering between wing-nut factions continues maybe it is time to put the red States on their own. Lets call it SUSA and NUSA. That kind of has a nice ring don’t you think? Kind of like two marching bands, each to their own drummers so to speak. We could even have another underground railroad for those wanting to escape the resulting tyranny. I have a feeling that, maybe not in my lifetime but soon, our country may like many in the rest of the world split into opposing factions. Two hundred fifty years is a pretty good run as countries go I guess.
But I’m just a simple guy so what do know…..