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All America is divided into two parts.
Julius Caesar crafted a similar sentence much more capably than I when he was describing Gaul, but I thought I would steal from him today, even it is only by allusion.
While Gaul may have been divided into three parts in Caesar’s day, he was writing in the geographical sense. Whereas America consists (with apologies to Hawaii and Alaska) of one part geographically, politically, we are split in half.
I won’t try to discern if the two parts are of equal size.
I have taken it upon myself to identify these two constituencies MSNBC and Fox News.
If any certainties have survived the last four-plus years, it is that a FOX viewer firmly believes that everything said on MSNBC is a lie.
Similarly, MSNBC viewers condemn FOX for spreading lies and disinformation.
Which one is right?
The answer hardly matters.
We used to watch the news for information; now it’s just a Neo-reality show put on each night for our entertainment.
Stories are presented in a particular bias that may or may not have vestiges of truth. So long as we are fans of the NJ (News Jockey), we will believe it.
No matter what the truth is, we have decided only to believe those we trust and never take it upon ourselves to question this allegiance.
It was bad enough when people were divided over a particular issue because they had honest differences of opinions. They had their own view on a specific problem and how w should solve it.
A runner on first in the bottom of the ninth with no out?
A reasonable baseball fan would urge his team to bunt the runner over into scoring position.
Another reasonable fan would rather have them try for a hit and run.
Another reasonable fan would say let the batter hit without any distractions.
These reasonable fans all had a difference of opinion, and each had their solution to the problem at hand.
They were fans of the same team.
They wanted their team to win.
They only had different views as to how that could be best accomplished.
They didn’t hate each other.
If the team won utilizing one of the fans’ plans, the other two fans would rejoice in the team’s victory, nevertheless.
If that could only work in politics, Susan.
Compared to the real issues that divide us, what to do in the ninth inning with a runner on first and no out is child’s play.
I know what the truth is on many of the issues that divide us, and I have solutions for each.
The trouble is that many people feel the same way and vehemently disagree with my take on the issues.
There doesn’t seem to be any wiggle room to allow any kind of compromise.
Truth trumps truth in a world where everything is true and nothing is true.
The sad thing is someone is lying but damned if I know who.