A sense of anger in the air
The first instance was at coffee the other morning. A group meet at the local oil company office for an hour or so - I'm the junior member. While we do get going on politics at times, one conversation ended with something to the effect of "we need a revolution in this country". Not a revolution to turn it into a Communist "Workers Paradise", mind you, but a revolution to re-instill our core values. Our country has shifted too far to the left, destroying family values and the sense of hard work. These farmers believed that the time was coming to take our country back.
The other instance was today with some agronomists from a coop a ways away. The conversation also melded into a similar issue: What has our country become? Who is responsible and what can be done about it?
Is there a profound sense out there that our country is being irretrievably ripped apart? If so, what is causing the fissue to occur? What would cause ordinary citizens, Iowa farmers no less, to contemplate and openly speak about armed revolution?
It seems like liberals are the embodiment of all that is wrong with America to conservatives, and vice-versa. Venom and vile hatred is spewed toward one another, splashing across our faces like hot acid. We blame the other group for destroying our national identity and values; liberals are for diluting morality, killing unborn children, and allowing filth to ride the airwaves. Conservatives want to send children off to war to die for oil, take away freedoms from women and minorities, and turn the country into a theocracy, with Dick Cheney as the high priest.
Where is one safe from this? Where can one go to be with one's "own kind" and not have to deal with the "others"? How do we stop the "hate" coming from the other side? Why can't they just see things our way and leave us alone?
I don't know exactly where we are going as a Nation, but my gut feeling is we are in a for a wild ride for the next few years. I cannot see much, if anything, that will bring this country together and mend the rips in our social fabric.
Was this the sense in the air in the 1850's before The War of Southern Independence?