American Polarization: The Rise of Tyranny

Every election year, the line that separates the Right from the Left gets wider and less forgiving. If anyone in a pair, group, or crowd happens to identify with an opposing political label, the fireworks begin. (Or that person just gets the cold shoulder, the disapproving/sympathetic look.) But as I’ve listened over the years to these passionate “battles” regarding the future of this country, I’ve come to realize they generally boil down to mere semantics. The truth is, we’re fighting the wrong war.

From leadership guru Orrin Woodward’s blog:

“Today, whether one votes Right or votes Left, what a person actually votes for is less freedom and more Government/Big Business/Banker control…Asking money-hungry Government (it takes money to get elected) to regulate money-hungry Big Business is like asking Al Capone to regulate prohibition. History has provided endless examples of the illicit partnering of Big Business and Big Government to feather their nest at the expense of the citizen’s freedoms and pocketbooks – Federal Reserve, Income Tax, Railroads, Savings & Loans, etc.”

“Oh what a circus…”

In the 1996 musical film Evita, the narrator of the story starts us off by singing a scathing review of the beloved Eva Peron’s reign in Argentina. In a fit of rage over the country’s mourning of her death, he angrily belts the following lines:

Instead of government we had a stage
Instead of ideas, a prima donna’s rage
Instead of help we were given a crowd
She didn’t say much, but she said it loud

Can the same be said for our own government? As I was writing about The Hunger Games last week, I almost added politics to the list of our own potential distractions. Feeling it to be too broad a term, I left it off. I know it’s vitally important that we pay attention to our political system, and how our leaders choose to use, abuse, or change it. Still, every time I flip on the TV or pick up a newspaper, I’m torn between my desire to roll my eyes and my desire to just scream really loudly.

Clearly, there are vastly different opinions on the major issues plaguing this country, but it’s not like that’s anything new. There’s never not been disagreement (have you read some of the arguments among the founding fathers?), and that won’t be changing anytime soon. We’re always going to argue about which approach is best to solve a problem, since one person will never have all the answers. The reason I get so frustrated with politics in this country is because it seems all we focus on are those arguments; it’s like they’ve become our Hunger Games.

What’s the real battle?

March of TyrannyThe downward spiral this country is facing is not rooted in the economy, the environment, foreign affairs, or the multitude of other issues that have always needed to be handled; it’s rooted in our willingness to let someone else try to fix our problems. Rather than focusing on Left vs Right, fighting over which political group should be in control, we need to be focusing on Freedom vs Tyranny- if we don’t fight for our liberties, we’ll lose them.

This is why leadership is so crucial. A prerequisite for being a leader involves taking responsibility for our own lives! We need to start educating ourselves on the principles initially made America the freest country in the world. I love the LIFE business for it’s focus on the type of growth that doesn’t teach people what to think, but how. We may complain about lack of time, about the inconvenience of having to read and listen to the type of information that doesn’t yield instant gratification, but just ask yourself what’s more important: an extra couple of hours to watch TV, or a lifetime of enjoying true freedom?


One comment

  1. Rob Crichlow · · Reply

    Wow … you boiled it down to the bare bones … Freedom vs Tyranny. The fight begins … with leadership and truth. Thanks for the fantastic post.

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