How divided is the country? Has it always been like this?Submitted by drolsinatas on Wed, 11/02/2011 - 05:13
Making fun of Republicans online is starting to feel like an over used joke, like a crappy Arnold Schwarzenegger impression.
I'm 34 and spend most of my time in entertainment, performing and writing. A lot of my peers are Democrats, and I often hear them make comments like 'Republicans are crazy' 'Republicans are greedy' 'Republicans are one more whacko then the next'. Then online I read my facebook friends talk about Republicans like it's an evil mental condition.
I understand why artists and people in entertainment are generally democrats. Most actors, musicians, writers, ect.. make up a class of "businessmen" that deal very little with government regulation. The most government intrusion in their lives are taxes and not being able to swear on national television, or in songs for radio. They don't deal with health departments, building departments, immigration, corporate taxes, employee insurances, zoning, licenses, inspections ect. They have no clue what it feels like to be the average business owner, therefor, it makes sense why they are unable to understand the average business man.
When a Republican talks about the mechanics of business, it goes over most performers heads. All they hear is yadda yadda greed. The only thing successful performers understand is "Where is my driver? Where is my hotel room key? Where's the closest shopping mall? how do I look?" <--- and with such self centered concerns like these, they don't have the time or energy to learn about how government policy affect so many things. However, ironically, these celebrities have the biggest soap box to express their 'political views' ... and how do they side? They put down the republican view, and call for more Government helping the poor.
So here I am, in Hollywood, the day after Halloween where I witnessed a crowd instantaneously unite and turn on the police for arresting a man. A couple weeks ago I was in Boston, listening to the Occupy Boston movement speak in unison voices asking for more more taxes on the rich, and more government programs to help the "poor". Here I am reading facebook and twitter posts about how the republican perspective is evil and dumb. I'm seeing a massive divisions in understandings amongst the American people.
There's the group that understands how things work, and feel strongly people are evil and dumb, and wealth should be controlled and distributed equally amongst all.
There are those who understand how things work and feel people are good and charitable, and freedom means freedom to succeed or fail.
There are those who don't understand much and are just parrots, jumping on the band wagon of whoever they think the "winning" team is.
I see a very divided people and I'm asking you older folks .....Has it always been this way?