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Jewish World Review Nov. 18, 2004 / 5 Kislev 5765

Steve Young

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A MOST UNCIVIL WAR: Red Vs Blue and the Sins of Moral Bluster | The election is over...but not much. The attacks from the right and left continue to drill a hole into anything not of their ilk. In the latest assault on out political psyche, they won't let us forget that they did better. I mean just look at that big ole red map. Such a little bit left for the blues. But wait. The left blares that they brought more youth to the booth than ever before. Then the Right shouts, "We like G-d more than you" to which the Left blathers, "Jesus would still rather be a liberal."

The Right sends out the another barrage: More people voted for President Bush this time than his opponent. The Left returns same: One out of two elections ain't bad. The Right is unrelenting: More people voted for the President than have ever voted for a president before. And the Left fires off their biggie: More of the electorate voted against a president than ever before. Touche...or is it, tushie.

So one side wins. Does this mean we have to demean the vanquished? You bet!

Talk Radio pushes a school of thought that Democrats consider the red states to be a scary, lock-step Jesusland. Not as clever as Hollyweird (Get it? They changed the spelling to make it funny) or California nuts or New York, The Big Rotten Apple, but you get the point: the Left just despises those who care about religion and/or God. But if the demonizing were as ardent and divisive as Talk Radio's dandy and successful jihad to characterize liberals as anti-American, anti-military, anti-everything good and patriotic, the United States may soon find its name being sued by one of them there communist ACLU trial lawyers for libelous isrepresentation.

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But the vanquished...sometimes referred to as the "losers," continue to tag on the prefix "sore," as they whine that the winners are not doing what they never said they would. Those in the Big Media Left chime in accusing the Republicans of not understanding the plight of the underprivileged. That those tax breaks that will be placed in a lockbox only give money to the top one percent. They seemingly forget that those in the top one percent are the ones hiring the so-called underprivileged and that those employers are the ones who are being besieged to give full health coverage to those who who didn't vote for them.

As we hear 24/7, there's a cultural war going on; a battle for the hearts and minds of America. Problem is, if one side wins the battle, then half of the country loses. Just fine if you've got the half that embellishes your ratings, book sales and pays to get into to watch your propagandizing films. But no where is there a true concern for the bringing us together for the common good.

This is the problem with pundits today, Right or Left, is that it only works if the country is split. It builds anger and self-righteousness. Both of those passions sell. Check Amazon. Call Moviephone.

Where is this all leading us as a country? If not there already, I would think a rather uncivil war is in the offing. And is this what we really want? An Ununited States where winning an argument is more important than working together for our future...if there is a future. (Dramatic musical chord here)

The normally hysterically satirical National Lampoon has taken a look back at the future and it ain't so funny:


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