From Here & Back Again

By Jim Coufal

(Cazenovia, NY – March 2012) We’ve long heard about “red states and blue states,” and many probably remember when the democrats could count on carrying southern states in a vote. Even so, we felt a unity of country despite our differences, at least when at war with a common enemy.

But currently, we have a problem with “enemies,” especially common enemies that we all rallied to oppose. First, there is no obvious enemy to rally the country against. Terrorism is too diffuse, as opposed to Nazism, communism, etc., although for a time after Sept. 11, 2001, we were ready to strike with shock and awe.

Our “enemies” are too often now our fellow citizens.

Second, there is no “loyal” opposition, just politicians and parties that seek office, power and aggrandizement, where demagogues lying propaganda spreads like wildfire and where much of the south cannot let go of the Civil War and slavery.

I wonder whether we have any feeling of unity of country, or are we reaching the point of having at least two disparate and quarreling countries?

There are a variety of demographics that point in this direction. Studies show that the blue states pay more in taxes than they get back, while red states get more in taxes than they pay. The blue states have not seen this as much of a problem because, as liberals, they tend to favor progressive taxation.

But they are growing restless as the red states call the liberals communists, socialists, sexual deviates and more and as they try to impose fundamentalist religion as policy and law, while hypocritically having higher divorce rates, more use of pornography and other things they rail against with hypocrisy.

Another divide has been brought home forcefully by the “occupy movement,” that of the poor and unemployed and the wealthy, the 99 percent and the 1 percent. This may not be as geographically neat as the blue/red state divide, but there are places where it is clearly exacerbated by localities outsourcing jobs and bringing in immigrants to take jobs.

Large-scale immigration, much of it illegal, creates more division. Clearly, it has occurred in the past, but then America was seen as a mixing bowl rather than a tossed salad. For all the talk of tolerance, we often aren’t.

The differences between environmentalists and materialists (capitalists) also continue to create warring factions. The notion of being at war in such debates creates enemies – materialist calling environmentalists the enemy, for example. Enemies don’t recognize fellow citizens with differences of opinions as owning the same right to hold and to speak of them.

When those who oppose the fact of global climate change in the face of strong international scientific consensus that it is happening, and that humans play a significant role in its happening, assert there is a “conspiracy” using “false science,” the result is a delay in taking steps to ameliorate the problem.

Further, the lack of civility creates yet more tension. Some who oppose hydraulic fracturing use the same tactics with the same results. Those who favor hydraulic fracturing do the same.

It is a “sound-bite” culture.

It may seem that I am just fishing for examples here, and that we have always had such differences, so what is different now? One thing is the correlation between higher religious beliefs and lower IQ scores found by many studies, as well as correlations between income and education, and others, all underscoring differences.

This is in a time of increasing anti-intellectualism. The Bush administration’s disdain and misuse of hard science is well-known. The “dumbing down of America” will be the subject of a future column, but one example here will need to suffice. Prior to the famous “Dover Trial,” where creationists pushed to have creationism taught as part of public school science cases, a local Dover reverend in support of this said, “We’ve been attacked by the intelligent, educated segment of our culture.”

Bad enough that he didn’t recognize that he had painted himself and his supporters as the less intelligent and educated segment of our culture, but after the trial was badly lost, he went on to say, “It seems to me that it’s the educated segment of society that reads the books and get the new ideas … that’s the basis of our culture wars that we have going on now.”

Notice the reference to “wars.” And since when is having “new ideas” a bad thing?

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum chastised President Barack Obama for saying that all Americans should go to college, including trade schools. Our founding fathers, especially James Madison and Thomas Jefferson warned that for democracy to work, we needed an educated and involved citizenry, including a citizenry that would cry out over the downright foolishness of the statements of the reverend and Santorum.

The key is a growing lack of tolerance along with a growing lack of civility in a time of a love of war imagery. We plod along creating differences so that fellow citizens become enemies, and so that those with ideas are looked down upon, and expect things to get better.

They won’t.

Jim Coufal of Cazenovia is a part-time philosopher and full-time observer of global trends. He can be reached at madnews@m3pmedia.com.

By martha

3 thoughts on “Are We Heading Toward Two Countries?”
  1. The evolution theory is an irrational falsehood, zealously embraced by atheists, that is a phony conclusion of the 600+ million year fossil record. There is no “valid supporting data” for evolution. In a court of law, or in a public forum, the same evidence that evolutionists would use to try to “prove” the validity of that theory, I would utilize to reveal the truth of Genesis. In order to believe in evolution, you have to purposely ignore certain facts of reality. For example, when you see illustrations of primates being pictured as evolving into humans, it can be shown in a court of law that such a premise is impossible, because certain human and primate traits are different, and could not have ever been shared. The only “common ancestor” that humans and primates share is God Himself.

    Current Creationism has refused to teach the truth of the Genesis text, and either teaches foolishness (young Earth), or false doctrines (non-literal reading of the text). Creationists thoughtlessly try to prove “Creationism”, rather than seeking and teaching the truth of Genesis. How can an untruth, ever prove another lie, to be in error? You can’t do it. That is why Creationism fails. It essentially is also a lie, and should be discarded, even by Bible believers.

    The correct opposing view to evolution is the “Observations of Moses”, which is the ONLY presentation that reveals the truth of Genesis chapter one. It is the true rendition of the Hebrew text. Everything else, unfortunately, are false and foolish interpretations of scripture.

    Those that imply that God used evolution are infidels at worse, or clowns at best, that refuse to learn the truth of Genesis. The truth has been available for more than 18 years. Such a discussion is currently silly, and shows stubbornness against learning the truth of God’s Word.

    There are no “creation stories” in Genesis. In fact, about all of theology and creationism have no idea what Moses was writing about. You can’t simply take an advanced book of math or science, and try to read from it on your own without personal instruction.

    For example, Genesis declares that mankind has been on this Earth, in his present likeness, for more than 60 million years. The “male and female” in Genesis chapter one was not “Adam & Eve”. Has modern science discovered that yet?

    Herman Cummings
    ephraim7@aol.com

    1. Way to go Captain Cut-n-Paste!

      However, PROVE this. Without going to the University of Google, or using cut-n-paste technology.

      Show us the PROOF. Empirical evidence, peer reviewed conclusions and the physical evidence to prove any of this hocum.

      Facts are sunshine, you can’t. You know why? Because it is made up story and fairy-tale.

      It is people like you that drag this country down into the depths of ignorance and stupidity.

  2. Herman:

    I am so glad to know that you know “the true rendition of the Genesis text.” It must be powerful to have such erudition

    There are two genesis stories in the bible. Which one do you refer to?

    Why does evolutionary theory work in so many ways?

    Why does a god who comes to reveal himself to mankind do so in such confusing ways that even Moses did not understand what he was being told?

    I wish you happiness in your fantasy.

    Jim

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