Not a nation divided, just a nation deafened
: I’ve been saying for sometime that we are not a nation divided — that’s just how media and politicians want to portray us because it fits their agendas. The truth is that we all have lives; they don’t. So they spend their time shouting at us, deafening us. But they don’t represent us.
I’m not alone in this view. In this week’s Time, Joe Klein says it’s “only the blabocrats”:
We are a divided nation, it is said. There is a cultural chasm between the red states and the blue, between the religious and the secular, between Michael Moore’s America and Rush Limbaugh’s. The “culture war” has become a pillar of the conventional wisdom. But is it real? Is it possible that the great partisan divide is a media-induced mirage, little more than an exaggerated case of squeaky-wheelism? There is plenty of evidence that the very real disputes pushed by political activists and chair-throwing media yakkers