Friday, September 16, 2005

The Era of Making Distinctions

The flavor of the current societal bias is overwhelmingly political. How exactly did this happen? We still point out when someone is black or maybe when someone is Hispanic or possibly when someone is poor. But the labels liberal (as in bad) and conservative (as in good) when describing individuals whose occupations or life work should be apolitical is now pervasive. Entertainers. Scientists. Judges. Journalists. Teachers. Diplomats. Preachers. We know, somehow, that the executive branch of the government wants to know one thing first -- which side are you on.

Bushco ran on a platform that included frequent chants about his being a Uniter, not a Divider. Yet even in the McCarthy era we were together in the same camp except for the Communists. Now, we are either 'with' or 'against' the administration. Everyone is drawing these lines, it is how we define ourselves in 2005. It isn't healthy.

Can't we all just get along?


Rob Muschlitz said...

enjoying your blogging.
It's a really sad thing as we watch
Bush's NPAC and their mouthpieces
of hate and divisionism (Ann Coulter, Bill O'Reilly et al) try to put negative connotations on the label liberal as far far out-
side mainstream opinion, while
trying to portray themselves as
being part of a centrist majority
that is in fact almost (working on
it) so far right that it is knocking on the door of Fascism.