Sunday, September 12, 2010

A house divided ~ By Patrice Lewis

"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand."

~ Matthew 12:25
That's why I don't believe this nation can survive much longer as a single entity. Our divisions run deeper and wider than ever before. We view each others opinions and attitudes with distrust and loathing, with name-calling and even violence.

~ Patrice Lewis

A while back, a Russian academic believed that there would be a civil war in the United States, dividing the country into four separate countries. Below is a video made by Dennis Trainor, Jr, of UpTakeVideo on

The End Of America

Video provided by UpTakeVideo

There is a better idea than dividing our country into separate countries! I thought about this column for several days before I posted it. I kept thinking of the words, "United we stand, divided we fall."

In order to write about what Patrice wrote in here column, I needed a powerful epiphany. It came to me early this morning. Patrice explains that we may have to divide into separate nations because we (progressives and conservatives) can't agree on things. I got thinking about that, and realized it wouldn't work. I am of the opinion that there is a different way to do it. I think we need to go back to States' rights. The whole thing is, it would take a book to explain how it would work. However, think of the general idea as living in the state that best suits your economic/political ideology.

The Republic as we know it could still stand. But, the federal government would have to get out of the way. I may have to just write a book to explain this thinking, but I can tell you that I am not in favor of a civil war. That is not necessary, nor is dividing the country into separate entities as Patrice suggested as a solution. There is a better way. And it all goes back to the Constitution as the Founding Fathers came up with. It all needs to come down to the premises of liberty, and justice for all. Just sayin'....

But if we divide, each side would have a chance to see if their ideology would work. On my blog, I posted a tongue-in-cheek "divorce agreement" that made the rounds of the Internet a few months ago. Sarcasm aside, there is some truth in this analysis. If the conservatives think their ideas would work better, let them have their own country to prove it. If the progressives think their ideas would work better, ditto.

In other words, the only way we can find out for sure whose ideas will work is to divide up and establish governments that will give us exactly what we demand: Either restraint or interference, freedom or control, the rights given by God or the privileges loaned to us by government.

Of course, I would wish this to happen in a civilized manner and without war.
A house divided

By Patrice Lewis

Posted: September 11, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

A few weeks ago when my WND column on abortion came out, I was chastised by a liberal reader for wanting to limit abortions, especially for poor women.

"If the U.S. government offered more financial help to poor pregnant women to take decent care of their children, born or unborn," he wrote, "there would be far fewer abortions here. I know, conservatives like you don't want the government to hand out money to anyone, but this is a fact. Right to life? What about the right to decent food, shelter, education and medical care? Unless we can provide these for children, born or unborn, abortion will be common."

Rights again. For Pete's sake, that has to be one of the most widely misunderstood terms in the progressive language. People love to pluck random "rights" out of thin air with complete disregard to the true rights outlined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. But this reader's viewpoint makes one thing very, very clear:

We will never agree.

When it comes to progressives versus conservatives, there is no middle ground to agree upon. In other words, my liberal reader holds opinions so far in contrast to mine, and vice versa, that we will always differ on everything of political significance.

This minor incident merely underscores the larger picture, namely the chasm in our nation that daily grows wider. On one side of this gap are those who want to see our country re-embrace and reinforce the traditional values that made us great, to strip away the restrictive and unnecessary federal programs and laws which are contrary to the limits set in the Constitution and to foster independence and self-sufficiency by reducing or eliminating federal entitlements which, again, were never intended by our Founding Fathers.

On the other side are those who would like to see our country re-made in their own progressive image: to re-write (or toss out) the rigid, dead documents upon which this country was founded and to build up a liberal utopia of universal health care, cosmic peace and harmony and mystic crystal revelations in which everyone has the "right" to have someone else provide them with "decent food, shelter, education and medical care." Including abortion.

At the moment, conservatives are distressed because we have an ├╝ber-liberal government in power. More than half the country is screaming in protest at the policies being implemented against their wishes. But let's say for the sake of argument that we kick the bums out and elect a solidly conservative government in 2010 and 2012. (Note I did not say Republican, because Republicans are not conservative.) Then we'd have the progressives screaming because their beliefs are not being implemented.

See? We can't agree. Sadly, I don't see us ever agreeing. Slowly, inexorably, I'm coming to the conclusion that the only solution is division.


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