As I mature, I look back and wonder if something about America was different when I was a child.
I always believed I lived in a country that was different and somehow better than every other country on earth. I believed and was taught that there was something extraordinary about America – that the people always came first and the government worked for and looked out for the best interests of the American people.
As I watch today's Republicans and Democrats successfully and equally divide us, I have come to realize that they appear to be looking out, not for the best interests of the people, as much as for the political parties themselves and their own careers, retirements, future speaking fees and lobbying opportunities.
We are divided race against race, rich against poor, gay against straight, men against women, union against non-union, pro-choice against pro-life, big government against small government, pro-military against the peace at any cost crowd, etc, etc. In each of these battles, you will conveniently find the Democrats on one side of the issue and the Republicans on the other. Is it time to ask the question if the Democrats and the Republicans have become two sides of the same corrupt coin? Are they playing us off each other, while one party picks your left pocket and the other picks your right? What's the difference in who is picking your pockets? The results are still the same. One party wants to spend your money for a university study on why monkeys throw their own poop and the other party has no problem with the military spending a thousand dollars for a single bolt or toilet seat.
It's always so easy to fall on either side of the great divide. After all, who can possibly be against our military? How can one be against poor children? It's the famous hero against villain argument and the villain is corruption and greed. Both parties wallow in both. Is there any room for a party that agrees with Democrats some of the time and Republicans some of the time? Or is the divide too great? My guess is that neither party wants us, "the people," to agree on very much, if anything at all. In fact it's probably their worst fear. You've no doubt heard the phrase "our strength lies in our diversity" and nothing could be further from the truth. In actuality the fact is, that the government's strength, lies in our diversity, hence the successful and almost equal political divide in this country. The political parties fear our unity and live very well off of our diversity.
A small business owner friend of mine put it like this, "the Democrats want to drive us off a cliff at 100 miles-per-hour and the Republicans want to drive us off the cliff at 95 miles-per-hour." So someone please explain to the nation what the difference between the two parties is. At a time when many Americans are seriously struggling to make monthly ends meet, they really don't want to pay to guard South Korea, Japan and Germany. They don't want to build schools and roads in Afghanistan that are bombed and destroyed as fast as we pay to build them. Most pro-military people would say win the war by killing the enemy any way we can and as fast as we can, then get the hell out – it's actually how a war is won – nor do they want to pay for the growing and lazy entitlement class. The corrupt temporary safety net has become a permanent and comfortable hammock and the welfare state has become a massive, soul robbing industry in and of itself. It's funny, the welfare poverty pimps always talk about income inequality and sharing the wealth, they never seem to mention sharing the hard work and the labor. They want a payment for porch sitting duty.
The middle class is going broke paying for the pet projects of both the Republicans and the Democrats and they have the nerve to talk to each other about "raising taxes" as if there is an endless supply of money from us peasants. I think the sooner we Americans realize that neither party cares about our hard workers and both parties look at us as their cash flow source, the sooner we can fix our morally and financially bankrupt nation.