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I heard a comedian explaining that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who laugh and those who make people laugh. Hard to argue with that.
And it turns out that there are always two kinds of people in the world. For cabbies it’s people who drive and people who need a ride. For children it’s kids who are fun to play with and kids who aren’t.
My view, too, is that there are two kinds of people in the world: people who divide people into two groups and those who don’t. And that is the most important difference we’re being shown by the presidential candidates.
The Republicans – every one of them – are dividing us into two kinds of people:
- – We good Americans and immigrants who are taking our jobs.
- – The makers and the takers.
- – The straights and the gays.
- – Those who know that military solutions are best and the weak-knee wimps.
- – We good Americans and the terrible government.
- – The gun-toters and those who would take their guns from them.
- – The Christians and all those who are wrong.
- – Good Americans and the “lame stream media.”
- – The cops and the Black Lives Matter people who incite the murdering of cops.
In all these cases Republicans tell us that the cause of the problems of the first group is all those in the second group. No need here for personal responsibility or even good sense. As Church Lady would say, “How convenient.”
At the last Republican debate, divisions like these and attacks on those in the “other” group are all we heard. Okay, that’s not entirely true. We also heard about taxation plans based on math with rounding errors in the negative trillions of dollars, but which would put trickle-down economics on steroids, thus accelerating the transfer of all money in this country to 158 families.
In contrast, at the Democratic debates we heard about bringing us together:
- – Healthcare for all Americans as a right.
- – Economy-stimulating infrastructure rebuilding that will create millions of good paying jobs.
- – Ending income inequality so that everyone benefits from a growing economy.
- – Ending our corrupt election finance system and driving special interests out of control of government.
- – Common sense gun safety laws so that we begin to end our self-inflicted, ongoing massacre of innocents.
- – A shift from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy so that we don’t all die on an uninhabitable planet.
This list could be much longer, but you get the idea. It’s about all of us, not a dividing of us.
Again, and with a few extra words this time, there are two kinds of people in the world: those who try to manipulate us with fear and hate in order to divide us from one another; and those who don’t.
The key is this: Fearful, angry people are motivated, so they vote. They may vote in self-destructive ways, but they show up on election day and vote. People who aren’t fearful and angry aren’t as motivated, so they don’t bother to vote. That distinction is exactly what led to a Tea Party wacko getting elected governor of Kentucky last week.
The Republicans are affected with Issues Separation Anxiety Disorder (dividing us over mostly bogus issues) which they spread to unaware Americans via media contact. The acronym is ISAD, and I assure you that I am sad over this debasement of America.
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who vote and get what they think they want; and those who don’t vote and are willing victims of the manipulators who divide us.
Ed. note: There is much in America that needs fixing and we are on a path to continually fail to make things better. It is my goal to make a difference – perhaps to be a catalyst for things to get better. That is the reason for these posts. To accomplish the goal requires reaching many thousands of people and a robust dialogue.
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