For many years I've made a fundamental assertion about the American culture. There is a divide within the U.S.A. that is more divisive than homosexuality, abortion, and just about any left/right debate that can be imagined.
The trouble is it shouldn't be.
The singular difference that separates the two halves of America is repulsive, but it is dressed up as compassion. The issue creates enslavement, but the reality is--it should be liberating. It is manipulated by "civil rights" leaders, though they profit directly from the slavery. It is held in silence in America's pulpits less someone think that in discussing it a pastor comes off as too self righteous.
It is the only thing that separates the income levels people achieve.
And it is the solution to nearly every problem that Washington DC seems to take great delight in making aggressively worse these days.
People will be labeled racist for merely bringing it up, though it has zero to do with the origin, race, nationality, ethnicity, or biology of a person.
In many ways this issue is both a sign of hope, and a sentence of death for the nation that America could become. So what are we to do about it?
The issue is a mindset, a way of viewing the world, when Americans awake in the morning.
It divides us somewhat like this:
On one hand a man swings his legs over the side of his bed, plants his feet on the floor, first thing in the morning and makes a personal vow to himself that his children, wife, and self will not eat unless he does his job. That the true success of their family depends on him, and he knows that he must take personal responsibility for them in order to survive.
On the other hand is a man who swings his legs over the side of his bed, plants his feet on the floor, first thing in the morning and makes a public proclamation that the reason he can't get ahead is because the world is stacked against him, he needs President Obama's help, his Obamaphone, federally provided health care, welfare, food stamps, and more.
Not all humans fit neatly or perfectly as one or the other, but their way of thinking does. One sees himself as humble, responsible, and morally obligated to serve his family for the good things in life to be enjoyed. The other sees those who have more than himself as people who are the problem and should be forced to pay for his suffering, misery, and failure.
Typically progressive leftists prop up many of those types as political pawns to enjoin votes from the disaffected masses.
Which makes the words that Ashton Kutcher said to the Teen Choice Awards so profound.
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