When former U.S. Senator John Edwards ran for President, he presented the concept of the “two Americas.” One America in his view was wealthy, and the other one was poor. He reported that the gulf between these two Americas was deep and wide. His rhetoric, of course, was just another repackaging of the standard liberal class warfare message.
In 2004, John Edwards presented his famous “Two America’s” stump speech. In it, Edwards said:
Today, under George W. Bush, there are two Americas, not one: One America that does the work, another that reaps the reward. One America that pays the taxes, another America that gets the tax breaks. One America – middle-class America – whose needs Washington has long forgotten, another America – narrow-interest America – whose every wish is Washington’s command. One America that is struggling to get by, another America that can buy anything it wants, even a Congress and a president.
Regardless of Edward’s motives what he said contains a lot of truth. The middle class is slowly disappearing, and the distinction is more distinct between the haves and have-nots. What Edward’s omitted was that this was largely due to liberal social programs and tax policies.
Today, I talk about another “two Americas.” These two Americas are divided not so much by income or material wealth but by worldviews in diametric opposition to each other.
Dr. Ben Carson recently said that America is changing into “something else”. He is correct. What America’s final form will be is still to be seen.
Since President Obama took office in 2009, the country has been creeping to the left. The pace of the creep has now turned into a brisk walk, and if something doesn’t give the country will be in a full sprint by the end of his term.
The two Americas that are starting to take noticeable shape reminds one of the political and cultural landscape leading up to our own Civil War.
Although the divisions known as the North and the South resided within the same geographical boundaries, they were more like two distinct countries. They were decidedly different in so many ways. Most noticeable though were the contrasting worldviews, values, and religious beliefs of the North and South. Concerning the differences between the two sides The History Learning Site states:
While the two sides that made up the American Civil War were apart in many areas, it became worse when the perception in the South was that the North would try to impose its values on the South. (History Learning Site)
I have come to firmly believe that America is once again comprised of two different countries with little in common. This time there are no clear geographic borders. There are now the incompatible worldview differences, differences that are demanding a divorce. The truth is that these worldviews cannot coexist much longer without violence erupting.
Few people want war or civil unrest, but it seems to me that the prospects for some deadly times ahead are more likely today. Since Obama came into office, Americans have been buying arms and ammunition. Contrary to his wishes the President has become the best gun salesman in history.
I have many friends who are heavily armed and capable of engaging an Army squad. As we have reported before, Uncle Sam is also building up his arsenal. The recent purchase of billions of bullets by various federal agencies should cause us grave concern. Who are they going to shoot? This is the unanswered question. (See my recent article)
I hear the rhetoric, honest or not, about taking up arms. Many claim they have had it with the avalanche of oppressive regulations, violations of privacy, and punitive taxation. They say that they are at their breaking point. I’m confident they are.
If there is a gun grab of any substance, it may prove to be a fatal decision. It may cause the loudest explosion since Fort Sumter. Those who know how governments have worked in history also know that the next step will be tyranny and government oppression. It’s almost as predictable as tomorrow’s sunrise or a new tax increase proposal. Granted, it may not happen tomorrow or next year, but it will happen at some point. Those with the guns get their way.
The battle lines are now clearly drawn between liberals and conservatives. Both sides think the other side is nuts. This is not good. Who wants to associate with crazy people?
When Al Gore ran for President in 2000, he labeled conservatives as the “extra-chromosome crowd.” His comments were aimed at half the American population at the time. He was implying that there was something genetically abnormal with those who oppose him. It also intimates that his opponents were dispensable and irrelevant. Personally, I think good old Al was projecting. Have you read his books? He truly is nuts.
My conclusion about all this is that things will not reverse or improve. We’ve past the point of no return. The country will continue its leftward trek but now with more momentum. I pray that I am wrong. I really do.
In the not-too-distant future something will have to give. Americans will have to make a life or death decision. Either they will rebel and take up arms against their government, or they will decide that dying is too high a price to pay for their freedom. If they choose the latter, they will sheepishly submit to the whip. If that does happen, I believe, the world will enter a new dark age.
Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand. (Matthew 12:25 NASB)