Loyal Opposition

Let me make a few things clear. I am not a reporter. I am a commentator, like Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. None of these gentlemen simply tell you what’s going on, they put their own spin on it, and tell you what they think is wrong or right about something. That is what I’ll be doing for this paper, and I don’t want anyone to think otherwise. I’m also going to be pushing the idea that there is a lot wrong with America today. Don’t think for a moment that I am un-patriotic, and do not love my country. I love America and the ideals upon which it was founded with a passion that few can seem to comprehend or understand, evinced by the conversations I tend to have with the average person. Most people just don’t seem to care, and are focused on living their life day-to-day, above all else.

Today, if you don’t agree with someone in a discussion concerning ideology, whether it is
religious or political, the discussion tends to degenerate from a calm, impassioned discourse to
harsh words and perhaps even violence pretty quickly. While passions will flare, and that is a
part of life that is to be understood and forgiven, to journey towards a hatred of your fellow man due to what color their skin may be; whether they attend a church, mosque, or synagogue; how they dress, or some other idea they hold true that differs from your own is simply ludicrous.

This is only exacerbated by ignorance and apathy, which are the key ingredients to provoke one individual against another. I saw this characteristic of human nature exploited during last year’s election, against President Obama, and it sickened me. The claims that he was a Muslim, that he swore Oath of Office upon the Quran, that he was a terrorist, or that he was friends with terrorists, are preposterous, and yet no-one I knew really took the time to look it up, and find out for sure. Many would receive an email from an anonymous source, with supposed “information and facts” about then President Elect Obama, and it was treated as gospel. Never mind 5 minutes of research on Wikipedia disproved many things that were said, if it was in their email, it had to be true, right? Right…

Let’s get on to the reason for writing this article. I want to introduce you all to an idea called “Loyal Opposition.” For those who have never heard of it, Loyal Opposition is defined as follows:

· The concept that one can be opposed to the actions of the government or ruling party of the day without being opposed to the constitution of the political system.

· This means that there is a political party that opposes the current administrations views, while not opposing their right to rule. During WWII, when Democratic President Roosevelt was in office, the Republicans were considered to be the loyal opposition. They may not agree with how he did things, but they understood that he was duly elected, and did not try to oppose his right to run the country and make decisions as President.

Where has this concept gone, I ask you? Why can we not co-exist, and function on a day-to-day basis without feeling the need to attack differing points of view?

“Divide and Conquer” has stood the test of time, and been proven on various fields of battle. If we cannot stand together, as one nation, and one people, then it will be far too easy for outside forces that plan no good for Americans to manipulate us, and turn us against each other, therefore making it much easier to accomplish their agendas.

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