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The Divided States Of America Can’t Stand! | By Louie Overstreet

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The Divided States Of America Can’t Stand!

BY LOUIE OVERSTREET

Louie Overstreet

God bless President Biden and Vice President Harris — but it is naive and hopeless for them to believe bipartisanship is achievable in the dog-eat-dog, everybody-and-their-mothers-for-themselves atmosphere in our nation’s capital.

Four years ago, when America’s condition was not nearly as dire, I noted four conditions that I thought were causing our nation to experience devolution:

  1. Increasing acceptance of hate speech and activities designed to keep America divided along identified fault lines.
  2. Massive increases in military spending, at the expense of programs needed to keep America’s social fabric from unraveling.
  3. Appointment of a cabinet full of acting secretaries who are science-deniers.
  4. Educating the rest of the world at the expense of our own population, especially in STEM majors in graduate schools.

We are now literally and hopelessly divided into armed and ideological camps. For proof, one has to look no further than Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and Saturday, February 13, 2021.

In Trump’s time as Divider-in-Chief, we went from a gradual but measurable devolution in American values to a televised attempted coup in real time — followed little over a month later by 43 U.S. senators flagrantly violating their oath of office.

Now, back to my hopeless and hapless assessment of Biden/Harris’ slim chances of bringing us back from the blink. I am basing my doom and gloom assessment on the following:

  • Trump again feels vindicated — and Lord help us, emboldened.
  • His followers feel that their trial run of a violent sedition is now sanctioned by fearful congresspersons — and is a sure way to bring their vision of change to America.
  • State legislators have already begun introducing more voter suppression bills, based on the outcome of the 2020 election.
  • Further, far too many congresspersons are going to relish in the fact that they are proud, card-carrying members of the disloyal — no, make that the un-American — opposition.

Shame came to America in early 2021, accompanied by a feeling of hopelessness. And it ain’t likely to leave anytime soon if we fail to give a s**t!

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