Are We Encouraging More Divisiveness?

By | March 8, 2014

[March 08, 2014]  Senior leadership demands we bring people together for the purpose of achieving the noblest goals.  In an earlier blog post (here) I wrote about how it was a sad commentary that some of our politicians in Washington DC are being antagonistically divisive in their rhetoric. 

Some commentators have even accused many of our politicians as promoting hate as well as divisiveness.  In other words, if you do not agree with the current mainstream thinking, then you are an evil person and should be investigated and hated as a criminal and deviant.  Elements of the government will have you investigated by the IRS. 

Certainly, while this may be a bit exaggerated, there is an element of truth somewhere in it.  All one has to do is be exposed to the “news” coming out of Washington.  But there is a more fundamental problem that is of concern to us. 

Citizens take their clues on how to act from political leaders.  When politicians disparagingly speak of the “one percent” [meaning the top wage earners] they are figuratively saying that their achievements were unfair and that it is okay to attack them.  Some have argued that we are being taught that divisiveness and hate are acceptable. 

While this can be called leadership, it is certainly not the type of senior leadership expected of our elected representatives.  Not all of our politicians, nor the majority of them, are lowering themselves to this level of debasement.  But what we need is a calling out of those who do. 

Senior leadership is hard.  Political leadership is even harder.  It means many things but fundamentally it means doing good for all citizens, not attacking selective groups.  Democracy demands a united umbrella.  Socialism is the form of government that demands a scapegoat to attack.


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Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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