Welcome to the Dystopian States of America, the land formerly referred to as the USA. Here in the DSA, people are pissed off beyond measure as post-election maneuvering by the Trump campaign either validates suspicions of election fraud long suspected by the Right, or it enrages those on the Left who want to see The Donald strapped into an ejector seat and jettisoned from the White House in short order. Recently, a massive pro-Trump "Stop the Steal" really turned ugly as demonstrators protesting the allegedly stolen election came into conflict with members of anti-Trump groups ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter. That eruption of tempers is possibly a foreshadowing event as the three groups represent significant portions of the shredded patchwork quilt that was once the American fabric.
As lawyers and politicians confirm or deny the validity of Joe Biden's purported victory, America inches ever closer to absolute social chaos, and I am dismayed to know of the many angry and hateful things Americans across the political spectrum are saying about their fellow citizens. More and more, I am learning of threats made by angered political supports against persons with opposing political viewpoints and against entire states or regions of perceived "enemy" voters. That any American who exercises their Constitutional right to vote for the candidate of their choice is viewed through the kind of red haze normally reserved for captured terrorists is appalling, yet that is where the DSA is at the moment as most Americans seem to be forgetting that the nation's Civil War ended in 1865.
Here in New York City and in most other concentrations of liberalism, President Trump is widely seen as a deceitful, ignorant, belligerent, anti-science, pro-pollution, neo-fascist man-child. To people who perceive him as such, Trump has no credibility whatsoever, just as those Republicans who support him also have no perceived credibility. His every word is disbelieved, his every action is condemned, and he is largely viewed as a wholly inept and morally bankrupt individual whose presidency evinces the overwhelming negativity that courses thickly within the Republican Party and whose presence in the White House diminishes the very office of the President of the United States.
In addition to the preexisting and overwhelming dislike of Donald Trump within Left-leaning clusters, the majority of residents therein are further incensed by his actions related to the general election. They are outraged by his complaints about the lack of election security given he previously denied funding for that very cause. They are enraged by actions and statements made by Trump that seemed to undermine confidence in America's election system long before he launched seemingly illegitimate claims of election fraud in some of the minority-heavy areas that provided his opponent with large margins of victory. And perhaps most of all, they are angered by his adamant refusal to accept the judgement of the American people. As far as most NYC residents are concerned, Trump is a lame duck, and many can't wait to see his wings clipped when he faces the mountains of lawsuits waiting for him when he again becomes a private citizen.
Outside of New York City and the other centers of liberalism found throughout the nation are the many strongholds of Right-wing American thought. Within those areas, President Trump is perceived as a champion of the working man whose efforts to improve the nation are being curtailed by an orchestrated and widespread vote-rigging effort conducted by the political Left. To those who believe in him, Donald Trump is a savior, a man combatting the evils of human trafficking and the Democratic Party, and a leader struggling mightily to resurrect the guiding principles laid down by the Founding Fathers.
Donald Trump's claims of election wrongdoing struck a chord in the hearts of his loyalists, many of whom believe the president is too popular to suffer defeat in a legitimate election. Long believed to be under siege by the demands of a Progressive agenda, many of the president's most ardent supports fully believe the Trump's rightful election victory was stolen by a corrupt, Democrat-backed effort to defraud the voters and deny him a second term. Accordingly, his claims of fraud ring true to his millions of supporters, many of whom are convinced of the malignant evil within the Democratic Party and of Trump's exhausting efforts to eliminate it. Making America great again means the uniting of the presumed majority of voters who believe in Donald Trump and the elimination of all meaningful opposition from Democrats, so the election of Joe Biden as the next president stands as a jarring, intolerable, and utterly false contradiction to these beliefs.
Clearly, America is not a land united in perception and purpose. As a result of the above differences, the nation continually teeters on the edge of self-destruction. Both the Left and the Right assail the other with invectives that often meet or exceed the threshold of harassment or threatening behavior, and physically violent confrontations between the opposing political camps are becoming ever more frequent. Sadly, America appears to be reverting to the social climate that existed during antebellum, the time before the American Civil War (1861-1865). During that period, Americans considered themselves to be a part of their respective religions, political affiliations, states, and territories far more than they considered themselves to be part of a union of states. Accordingly, parts of America would battle within themselves well before the true Civil War, with the events known as Shays' Rebellion (1786-1787), the Whiskey Rebellion (1791-1794), Fries' Rebellion (1799-1800), Bleeding Kansas (1854-1859), and the Utah War (1857-1858) standing as prime examples of America's past ills.
Regardless of any past or present disputes, we are all Americans. I may dislike hate groups and other destructive forces within America with every fiber of my being, but that does not mean I want them dead or their surrounding communities destroyed. It doesn't mean that I could just review the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Hate Map and hope that every state with a plethora of hate groups is horribly destroyed. I can't, because I'm an American, and long ago this nation learned that its people can't bring widespread harm to their fellows without tearing the country apart.
America's renewed exhibitions of intolerance, polarized thought, and widespread division are not signs of a cohesive society marching boldly into the future. That Abraham Lincoln's famous words, "A house divided against itself cannot stand," has relevance today lays bare the sad truth of the nation's reversion. Lincoln saw America's future as one of promise and hope, and though he did not live to see the true end of the Civil War or the national reunification he fought so hard to achieve, his dream of an America where one's respect for their countrymen would propel the nation forward in brotherhood lived on.
Let's not kill Lincoln's dream.
All the best,
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