A Healthy Dose of Skepticism
It took seconds for everyone, everywhere to learn of Osama’s demise, but it took just as long to divide the country down partisan lines. I fear that as a nation we have lost one of our greatest assets and contributions to political thought: Skepticism and Open Dialogue. The United States is now painted blue or red. We swear allegiance to a party and not the benefit of our countrymen. This used to be the nation where an open exchange of ideas was the foundation upon our experiment in representative democracy; when disagreeing with someone didn’t frighten the hell out of you. And although a Christian dominant nation this has been, we weren’t appalled by the idea of people practicing the religion of their fathers within our borders. Nor were we afraid of immigrants pouring into our lands to build the life our ancestors came here to do. As a nation we’ve lost the fear of tyranny, the natural distrust of any political leader, and our God given questioning minds to hold those leaders accountable. The lexicon has changed. We have become the fickle plebeians of Shakespeare’s Caesar, so swayed by Marc Antony to lay down our Republic at the feet of a tyrant. No longer moved by rational, we have become seething and disquieted. We’ve lost our constitutional dialogue under the false monikers of patriotism, morality, and prosperity.