TWO AMERICAS: JOHN EDWARDS HAD A POINT
By Christopher G. Adamo
Senator Edwards attempted to portray this nation as being divided between the “haves” and the “have nots,” by which he delineated between those who are financially well-off, as opposed to others who struggle to make ends meet. However, another far more insidious divide exists across the nation, as evidenced by the election results. But beyond his suggestion of national disunity, Edwards got things entirely wrong.
America does not suffer from a chasm separating its economic strata, but from one that distinguishes between those who embrace the virtues and heritage that have cemented the nation in its greatness, and those who hold complete contempt for such things. The latter group would gladly shed them in exchange for the Leftist, Statist, Socialist, and nihilistic) philosophies and ideologies of a fading and decaying Europe that mistakenly fancies itself as enlightened and progressive.
President Bush’s impressive win notwithstanding, this breech holds the potential to completely tear the country in two. It exists in the hearts and souls of a populace whose differences so far outweigh their commonality that any pretense of national “unity” has simply ceased to be.
At one time, presidential races were conducted between two fundamentally moral and principled candidates, who may have differed on economic policy and other details of their approach to governing, but who ultimately stood on common ground regarding their fervent concern for the well being of the nation.
Candidates who lacked moral character, patriotism, or integrity were doomed to defeat before the campaign ever began. The recent “near miss” of a Kerry Presidency shows that this situation has changed, and not for the better.
It may be heartening to point to the record vote received by President Bush, but the truth remains that John Kerry, despite having collaborated with the North Vietnamese Communists in a time of war, received nearly as many votes as did the President. Furthermore, he openly professed a belief that American soldiers dying for the United Nations was more honorable than such a sacrifice on behalf of the Stars and Stripes.
In one America, deriding national sovereignty and collaborating with the enemy in wartime constitutes nothing short of treason. But in the other America, questioning the “patriotism” of such behavior is itself an unspeakable outrage. Much has changed since the decade of the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan, a real American hero, ably rescued the nation from the tempest of the Cold War.
During the Reagan years, any thought of cutting and running from the likes of Osama bin Laden would have been considered cowardly and shameful. Yet only days before the 2004 election, Bin Laden essentially threatened those American states that would support President Bush. Though a warning of this nature would, at some former time, cause an enormous backlash, in the America of 2004, it barely resulted in a ripple among the tracking polls.
Following the election, Leftwing mouthpieces such as Eleanor Clift have talked of “Blue State” secessions and a mass Liberal exodus to Canada. With this prospect, comes their threat of Middle America losing its most “creative” minds.
Despite the political and cultural Left’s reverence for the imagination and artistic propensities of those regions, it was not the poets and artists who distinguished themselves on 9-11, but crass and common firemen and policemen. Nor were the terrorist regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq routed by elitists in academia, but by the less than erudite efforts of the Armed Forces.
The Leftists, of course, perceive the U.S. military as symbolic of the "testosteronal excesses" which they deplore. The Leftists view “masculinity” only in animalistic terms, "masculinity" in the form of gang violence and sexual exploitation of women.
More appalling still is the fact that effeminate behavior on the part of men in the blue zones of America is actually celebrated by the Liberal intelligentsia as the product of sensitive and creative minds. True masculinity, of the variety that fosters fatherhood, character and chivalry, is greatly reviled by the Liberal Left. This anti-masculine attitude is reflected in the Liberal obsession with destroying the Boy Scouts.
In truth, even within the socalled “Blue States,” Leftwing Liberal culture dominates only in a few concentrated areas. Fortunately for those tiny regions, a vast nation of traditional sense and values yet remains intact, shielding the Leftists from the grim consequences of their nihilistic ways.
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