The Homespun Bloggers have a weekly symposium where members respond to a question of other members. Here's the question (and my answer) for this week:
Is the division in America important to you? What will be necessary to heal it? What part do you see Bloggers playing in that discussion and how will you personally contribute to it?
Is the division in America important to you?
Is the division important to me? I guess I would say it's moderately important. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, but it does concern me that as time appears to move forward, people are moving further and further apart. Based on maps and discussions I've seen, it seems to be more and more a division of city vs. country, and more specifically, those who live off government (and other people's taxes) and those who do not. It concerns me most that as one of the producers, I'm worried that we have already reached the point where those who take from government already exceed 50% of the voting population, which will mean I and my children will always work for others who do not work.
What will be necessary to heal it?
Something very, very drastic. Apparently 9/11 wasn't enough to unite America, except for a couple days. Are we more divided than ever in history? That I do not know, since I wasn't alive in the 1800s. It certainly appears it to me, but everyone only has their own lifetime with which to compare. History certainly seems to indicate that we were much more untied when facing perhaps a less evil and bloodthirsty enemy in the Nazis.
What part do you see Bloggers playing in that discussion and how will you personally contribute to it?
I don't know that Bloggers will be all that important. There are millions of blogs out there, and just like with the rest of the internet, you get the best of the best, but you also get the worst of the worst. It's so easy for rumors to get repeated and anything reported as fact that anything read on any blog, bar none, requires checking. Today, even things in the mainstream media have to be checked for accuracy, so who could assume blogs are more accurate?
I will do my best to convince any of the readers of my blog that capitalism and freedom are more beneficial to the individual and the country. Socialism, whether in medicine, social security, or other ideas, allows a certain few to prosper, but only at the expense and demise of many others.