Dividing America: Day 2

…Yet in our own time, there are those who seek to divide us. One community against another. Urban against rural. City against suburb. Whites against blacks. Men against women. Straights against gays. Americans against Americans.

When Jimmy Swaggart was caught with a prostitute some said it was obvious in retrospect why his every sermon was about the evils of sexual immorality. So it seems with democrats obsessed with ‘dividing America’.

We have seen how they rule -- they divide and try to conquer. They know the power of the people is weakened when our house is divided. They believe they canít win, unless the rest of us lose. We reject that shameful view.

Of course that's what I believe as a Republican. I also want poisoned water, dirty air, bad roads, more crime, less money for myself (unless I can steal it from the poor), an uneducated populace, lots of low paying jobs (the ones I cannot yet export to other countries), no allies in the world, and lots of killing internationally. Oh yeah, and everyone should live in fear. Every waking moment should be spent in mortal fear of poverty, bad health, and overwhelming debt. That's what Republicans believe if you listen to Ted Kennedy.

Perhaps Republicans are not trying to divide America. Perhaps it is Democrats who look upon history as a class struggle between competing victim groups. Who see every issue through the distorting prism of race and class politics. Who see proportional group representation as the goal of fairness in society in contrast to equality of opportunity. Perhaps it is Democrats who are seeking to use fear as a way of advancing their agenda.

This administration does neither. Instead it brings fear. Fear of rising costs for health care and for college -- fear of higher unemployment and lesser pay -- fear for the future of Social Security and Medicare -- fear of greater bigotry -- fear of pollution's stain on our magnificent natural heritage -- fear of four more years of dreams denied and promises unfulfilled and progressed rolled back.

In the depths of the Depression, Franklin Roosevelt inspired the nation when he said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Today, we say the only thing we have to fear is four more years of George Bush.

...Our struggle is with the politics of fear and favoritism in our own time, in our own country. Our struggle -- like so many others before -- is with those who put their own narrow interest ahead of the public interest. [thebostonchannel]

Posted by Eric Simonson at July 28, 2004 1:38 AM