I have been active on Newsvine for a few weeks now and feel like I have a pretty good sense of what takes place here and the way debates generally flow. I am becoming more and more concerned for the future of America as I see us continuing to slide down a slippery slope to utter polarization and the cessation of any meaningful discourse on the vital issues that confront us in the world today.
America is sorely challenged in many areas these days. From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the unrest in North Korea and Iran we are facing oppressive and almost overwhelming challenges in navigating these issues. Turning to the domestic front, we are grappling with an economy teetering on the brink and an ecosystem, culture, and way of life are under attack in the Gulf. Let's also not forget the plight of those unemployed that are now without the ability to provide for their families, the immigration problems that threaten to further choke Congresses' ability to do anything, and the many other things that are all on the President's plate vying for his attention and priorities.
Against this backdrop of turmoil, how can America move forward, face our challenges, and forge ahead as the global leader in morality and might (both military and economic)? Will we be empowered to overcome these challenges by questioning the nationality of our duly elected President? Will stalling, blocking, and opposing any effort to even DEBATE the issues in Congress going to enable us to fully evaluate our options, choose the best course for ALL Americans, and progress the way this country has always been able to do?
In times like these, what has always made America great was the foresight that the Founding Fathers had to create a structure for government that brought the best and brightest minds together in one place, opened the floor to vigorous and thorough debate of ALL sides of a given issue, allowed time for deliberation and discussion, and then come together to forge a consensus and move forward. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, did it take a motion for cloiture to end debate and declare war on Japan? When FDR faced a massively crumbling economy, did congress decide to throw up their hands and take NO action on ANYTHING because they did not like the choices that were made by the MAJORITY party that was ELECTED to take those actions?
These days, one cannot even express an opinion on any issue without being attacked personally by the opposing side. People choose not6 to go after a position or an opinion, rather, they choose to attack personally. People are accused of being stupid or ignorant if they do not agree with an opponent. People are called unpatriotic for expressing their personal views and beliefs to the point where discourse, discussion, and debate stifled or suppressed. I long for the days when people would agree to disagree RESPECTFULLY and would allow ALL parties to a debate the time and the opportunity to present their position and to justify their reasoning and why they feel the way they do. It was actually possible that you could be made aware of a fact or a position you had never considered before and that might actually make more sense than the positions previously held to vehemently. Without the ability to fully discuss and analyze a given situation and without the ability to weigh all sides of an issue and attempt to determine the natural outcome of any given course of action, how is America to navigate these troubled waters we find ourselves adrift in?
If Congress (and the American media and public as a whole) cannot find a way to fully and RESPECTFULLY evaluate all sides of these complicated and vital issues we face, we are doomed to follow the clamor of the echo chambers on BOTH sides of the political spectrum to our ultimate demise. If we are too shortsighted to see that we are ALL in the same ship and we are all in peril if the ship runs aground, we will never again be able to find the strength, courage, and determination to do the difficult tasks, make the tough decisions, and right the course that we set this fine country on.
I am still hopeful and optimistic and choose to take solace in the fact that America has ALWAYS found a way to come together for the common good and put our MUTUAL best interests ahead of our individual interests. I am hopeful that we will once again realize that unless America as a whole can thrive and flourish, there is a limit to what ANY of us can accomplish as individuals. I pray that we are not too late to correct our course and can once again set sail on a course that will bring us together to face the challenges that face us all. God Bless America.