By Janet Contreras
Liberals and conservatives are at war. I hear liberals say America is great or that this is a great country. I wonder what America they think is great, because we could not possibly be farther apart ideologically and both think America is a great country. And don’t say that what makes her great is that we can disagree; because we are tearing our country apart, and there is no greatness in that.
Do you love the America that gives almost two years of unemployment, food stamps and Medicaid to growing numbers of the population that is fit to work? Do you love the America whose government takes on all the charity work that used to be done by local churches and clubs that you are too busy or too self-involved to join? Do you love the America whose government decides which industries will be rewarded and which will be punished? Do you love the America that educates our children about sustainable communities and non-consumption instead of the three R’s; that produces each generation more illiterate than the one before? Do you love the America where classes of people are defined and pitted against one another like social gladiators? Do you love the America that promises to mandate and engineer every aspect of life and society because people are too stupid to make the right decisions? Do you love the America where the free press is so corrupt that most of the population only knows what the government wants them to know? Do you love this democracy?
Just what does a liberal mean when you say you love America, because that’s NOT America. That’s some castle in the sky and fantasy utopia you are trying to create. Once the makers have been fleeced of everything, the takers will be without again and all will live in poverty, except for government. That’s democracy! (If you don’t believe me, see Greece).
I say I love America. Which America is that? Do I love the America where property rights are protected and guaranteed? Do I love the America where I make my own choices and own the results, good or bad? Do I love the America where success is rewarded and not despised? Do I love the America where personal responsibility is a virtue? Do I love the America where being honest about everything is more important than being nice to everyone? Do I love the America where neighbors and churches help people in times of need so they don’t have to look to the government? Do I love the America where people actually get themselves back on their feet after a hardship or failure? Do I love the America where Judeo-Christian principles guide public policy? Do I love the America where I hardly knew the government was there and didn’t look for them to solve all my problems? Do I love the America where the free press is the fourth arm of the government and the watchdog of the people? Do I love this constitutional republic governed by the rule of law?
Just what do I mean when I say I love America, because my America is being fundamentally transformed? The American constitutional republic (not a democracy), founded by those wise “old white men” that cause you so much shame, is slipping away from me in your hands.
So if America is not yet your America and no longer my America, who is she and what will become of her and her people? How in the world can both of us profess love for a country that is a different ideal to each of us? Who is America?
If you tell me you love America, please tell me how we can be Americans together, because my America of a constitutional republic is being destroyed, and your American democracy is doomed to fail. So back to the original question: Do liberals and conservatives really hate each other? What fuels the contentious relationship we have is that you hate my America, and I hate yours; and there can be no compromise, because we have no common ground.