The great divide we all must reconcile, one way or another

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Daily we are bombarded with division in our country. It is on the news networks, in print, and in the streets. It takes form in many ways. The vaxxers versus the anti-vaxxers. The gun control people versus the Second Amendment advocates. The ‘New Normal’ people screaming for more mandates to end the pandemic versus the people who simply want to return to the pre-COVID normal. It is enough to make a sane person ask what is really going on?

The progressive left has long been playing the divide-and-conquer card against the American people. As much as President Biden claims he wants to unite our people, he really means, ‘Get everyone thinking like us and supporting our values.’ Divisions by race, income levels, sex, religion, and visions of the future were simply not enough for the left. In the last year, with the pandemic – the progressives had to find new ways to pit Americans against each other.

Their solution was eloquent and deceptively devious. They wanted to add to the divisions by pitting personal liberty against collective fear. It is an ideology clash that is going to play out in the 2022 and 2024 election cycles – so pay close attention. On one hand are the people who advocate personal and individual freedoms against those who believe that collective safety overrides personal freedom. This is the great issue our nation is facing.

The left, along with the media and Big Tech, have fostered the mindset that you, as an individual, must sacrifice your liberty and freedom, if others in society are afraid. Their fear trumps your liberty. You must change your behaviors and your personal desires to give someone else comfort. They propagate the belief that the desires of society as a whole override your petty little rights. The message they blast into us on almost a daily basis is that the American people need to surrender their little-used freedoms for what they consider the greater good.

If you don’t step back from your liberties, well, you are a horrible person, out to tear down our society. You are a rogue, a selfish traitor, a deplorable domestic terrorist, out inflicting your freedoms against what everyone else wants. We have seen that they seek to coerce, pressure, intimidate and even take away your ability to earn a livelihood if you refuse to comply. This is the pinnacle of divisiveness, pitting Americans against each other in vicious punishment and retribution rituals.

This ‘greater good’ is not something that we have all agreed upon, but something they have crafted. It is not documented but is an ever-changing set of conditions they wish to impose.  The left has learned an important lesson from this pandemic, millions of citizens will do what they are told out of fear and will even turn on their fellow countrymen if fear is properly applied. It is a lesson they will not soon forget.

There are plenty of examples of this. If you don’t want to get the vaccine, you are a ‘biological terrorist’ who deserves to lose your job or be denied health benefits. We’ve seen the left turn on the conservative governors who have removed their COVID restrictions, labeling them as criminals and calling for their persecution. We’ve seen the same arguments with gun control…that you must give up your rights to owning a weapon for self-defense because guns are a risk to society as a whole. Think about how you have had people attempt to shame you into wearing a mask, regardless of your vaccination status…or how the left immediately demands tighter gun restrictions every time there is a shooting.

What is at stake are your personal liberties. These are protected by the Constitution. That document does not protect the rights of society, but the freedoms of individual people. Every time the courts rule against them, they call for court-packing or changing the laws to fit their ‘greater good,’ vision. It is only a matter of time before the left calls for a complete overhaul of the Constitution and system of laws – mark my words.

This new set of divisions has defined the left for what they are – a party that wishes to define freedoms against their collective standards. It is so socialist in its origins, I’m shocked they don’t have a logo and a red banner for it.

This thinking is the core of the conflict that is emerging in our nation right now. It is at the heart of their petty little programs and mandates they inflict upon us. It is the challenge that we all will be facing in the years to come. It is the great divide that we all must reconcile, one way or another.

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