Good post Sly.
Most everyone on this board does have the interests of the country in mind when they/we post. Even in the most divisive of posts, while we might COMPLETELY disagree on reason or logic or path, if the objective is to make this country better, the goal is the same. Getting there is the hard part.
This level of divisiveness was very apparent back in 1972-1980. Watergate and VietNam wore everyone out. Completely. Add to it 15% inflation, our first energy crisis and the Iranian hostage crisis and folks were on each other hard, constantly. It got better. While folks did not always agree with Reagan, and sometimes adamantly disagreed with him, he pulled the country back together to heal. That lasted up until two events.
Talk radio and the rise of the NeoCon movement in 1994. We have pretty much been at it since then. Bush became the poster boy for the NeoConservative and target of much of the anger at the policies it spawned.
That cycle looks like it is over, no matter who wins. The country is in so much trouble on so many different fronts that we frankly have no choice but to pull together. Compromise is going to be a new word in a lot of people's vocabulary. It is going to be difficult to get used to but it is going to be necessary. The polarization is just going to have to stop if success is to be achieved. We have done it before, we can do it again.
Thank you for those words. I totally understand what you mean. I was too young to understand watergate, but remember the hearings on TV when my family would watch it. All I know back then was a man in green uniform was in trouble...LOL.
I just got off the phone with a friend expressing the same concerns I posted. I truly feel we will pull together, but I am left with the belief that the psychological effects of this election, economy and housing market is deeper then what the next President can resolve on his own. If the Bush Admin, thought a couple of talks on TV and the bail out would immediately change the hearts and minds of the American populous he/they were wrong.
Like GS said, this Admin is all about fear. Selling fear has become a bigger business for this Admin then anything else. A friend said why would I vote for Obama he can't fix things. I said who do you want to vote for then? He said I want to vote for Obama but I am so mad at our Government that I am not going to vote. I got seriously pissed because it was obvious he purchased that fear package the Bush Admin is selling. I told him, if he doesn't vote to STFU and never ever complain about the state of his living and his country. I told him if he votes no matter who he votes for he would then have all the right in the world to complain.
The most important thing I think we all should be focused on besides the next POTUS is how are we going to recover from this mess. Help me out Bear with this question. Have you seen this country in a worst state of affairs before, or would you say for this day and age its really bad?