Modern Day Civil War

Written May 10, 2017

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach…So, you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it! Well, he gets it! N’ I don’t like it any more than you men.” ~Guns n Roses “Civil War

When one hears the word “civil” thoughts of courtesy and politeness usually come to mind. However, when you put it together with war you get “a conflict between groups within a single country, like the American Civil War(1861-1865) between the north and south. Most wars are fought between different countries. However, in a civil war, a country has become divided, and factions within the country are battling each other. A civil war is more painful than other wars in many ways, because the country is literally tearing itself apart.”(from Vocabulary.com)

What was the reason behind our Civil War 150 years ago? Generally speaking because of slavery. It was also a war between political parties and their policies, primarily left leaning parties and right leaning parties. There were other reasons involved but to save space for my message today I will let you look it up from the multitude of sites dedicated to it to this part of our history.

Today, one similarity between then and now is that we are sharply divided because of our ideas and our words. Also, it was brother against brother and sister against sister – just like it is today.  One difference from our first Civil War and today is that it’s not between northern and southern states. The other difference is that we’re not killing each other with muskets and swords, yet. We are, however, killing each other with words.

So what are we are doing, or how are we acting, that leads me(and probably many others) to say that we’re killing each other? How are we headed towards another outright Civil War? Just look around or watch the news. Protesting like crazy and every day people arguing over who they voted for. Top it off with politcal correctness run amok and constitutional rights like free speech being squashed by others who don’t even want to listen to opposing views. Bottom line is that no one agrees to disagree anymore. Instead we call each other names like feminist, misogynist, homophobe, and especially racist.

What we do have is a today is a failure to communicate…with one another. When we talk to each other today, we listen to half of what a person says – if that. We listen just long enough to respond or react – usually in a negative way. This happens in just about every corner of the world, but today, I’m particularly referring to America.  There are primarily 2 schools of thought about many of our issues in this country and if you believe X is true then you must be Y. If you are for building the wall you must hate Mexicans. If you support the president you must be a racist. I’m sure you get the point.

Although this election seems to have been the flashpoint for what we are seeing today, it is not the cause. While many would like to blame President Trump for all this “stuff”, he did not cause many the problems we are seeing today. What we are seeing today is anger from a culmination of stuff that has been brewing for decades, I repeat DECADES. No, the problems are because of the

1) Policies and procedures that, right or wrong, have failed the people

  • resulted in unequal distribution of wealth, power, a significant increase of job loss, increased entitlement programs and people on them, as well as increased drug addiction and the crimes related to it, to name a few.
  • they may have been by well intentioned people but someone along the way interjected their personal beliefs and this muked everything up.

2) Political correctness run amok.

3)Corrupt politicians who

  • Don’t listen to their constituents
  • Make hypocritical statements on the news

4) People do not listen to each other. People…

  • Listen to half of what’s said
  • Listen to react or respond  – usually negatively

5) Technology that has improved by leaps and bounds

  • a lot of misinformation shared by social media, fake(or inaccurate) news, and the internet in general.  

6) Reporters and journalists.

  • supposed to report on the facts without intersecting their personal beliefs.

All of this stuff has caused a low rumbling among the people. Who are these people you ask? They are the blue collar, hard working, often overworked and underpaid people of America. First responders, factory workers, teachers, cashiers, farmers, mechanics and many others. Basically the people who are the backbone of this country. Many of whom made their voices known in the 2016 election.

Personally I feel that much of the blame for this stuff getting out of control lies squarely on the shoulders of our leaders and reporters/journalists. I have actually seen where both have been either over exaggerated facts or lied outright. They have definitely driven the wedge even further between “us” and “them”. Our leaders should be working together to write laws that keeps us safe. Our leaders are paid by us, the taxpayer, and are supposed to carry out the will of the people without interjecting their personal and sometimes hypocritical opinions. Reporters and journalists are supposed to report on the facts without intersecting their personal beliefs.

But now the tides are beginning to change since FBI director James Comey was fired.

There’s a saying among a group of my friends. Principles before personalities. It means we practice acceptance, honesty, humility, compassion, tolerance, empathy, understanding and patience with everyone – whether we like them or not. Putting principles before personalities whether in politics or everyday life teaches us to treat everyone equally. They are a very important thing to remember in all of our relationships with others from our family and friends to our coworkers to our leaders. Lies, hypocrisy and double standards only damage these relationships.

If we are to get any semblance of normalcy and peace in our communities we need to begin by listening, and I mean, REALLY listening to each other. At that point we can start putting the above principles into action. Know that it is perfectly fine to either agree to disagree or just walk away from a heated argument. Living by the Golden Rule of doing unto others earns the respect of others who will in turn treat you with respect. From there we can hold media outlets and our politicians accountable.

Thought for the day: “It all begins with you.” ~ Trent Shelton

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Guns n Roses  “Civil War”

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.
Some men you just can’t reach…
So, you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it!
Well, he gets it!
N’ I don’t like it any more than you men.

Look at your young men fighting
Look at your women crying
Look at your young men dying
The way they’ve always done before

Look at the hate we’re breeding
Look at the fear we’re feeding
Look at the lives we’re leading
The way we’ve always done before

My hands are tied
The billions shift from side to side
And the wars go on with brainwashed pride
For the love of God and our human rights
And all these things are swept aside
By bloody hands time can’t deny
And are washed away by your genocide
And history hides the lies of our civil wars

D’you wear a black armband
When they shot the man
Who said, “Peace could last forever.”
And in my first memories
They shot Kennedy
An’ I went numb when I learned to see
So I never fell for Vietnam
We got the wall of D.C. to remind us all
That you can’t trust freedom
When it’s not in your hands
When everybody’s fightin’
For their promised land

And
I don’t need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
I don’t need your civil war

Look at the shoes you’re filling
Look at the blood we’re spilling
Look at the world we’re killing
The way we’ve always done before
Look in the doubt we’ve wallowed
Look at the leaders we’ve followed
Look at the lies we’ve swallowed
And I don’t want to hear no more

My hands are tied
For all I’ve seen has changed my mind
But still the wars go on as the years go by
With no love of God or human rights
‘Cause all these dreams are swept aside
By bloody hands of the hypnotized
Who carry the cross of homicide
And history bears the scars of our civil wars

“WE PRACTICE SELECTIVE ANNIHILATION OF MAYORS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
FOR EXAMPLE TO CREATE A VACUUM
THEN WE FILL THAT VACUUM
AS POPULAR WAR ADVANCES
PEACE IS CLOSER” **

I don’t need your civil war
It feeds the rich while it buries the poor
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
And I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need your civil war
Your power hungry sellin’ soldiers
In a human grocery store
Ain’t that fresh
I don’t need your civil war
I don’t need one more war

I don’t need one more war
Whaz so civil ’bout war anyway

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