Divided we fall

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Too much of the politics and media today are focused on division and blame.

There are popular talking heads on TV and radio who are making a great living by fostering and creating division in this country. Fan the flames, get everyone angry and watch the ratings soar. Hate and anger are strong. Get a crowd hyped up on that and you can put a ring through their collective nose and lead them anywhere.

Does this solve anything? No, just good old-fashioned exploitation — a recipe that has worked for so many through history. Folks need to realize the “anger and fear” technique is powerful. Fall into that and reason and critical thought become clouded as your blood begins to boil. Congratulations, you’ve just been transformed into someone else’s tool.

This polarization has reached toxic levels. The first reaction to a problem is to find out who to blame instead of how to fix it. The second reaction is, will fixing it make “our side” look good or bad? If it makes “the other side” look good, don’t fix it until after the next election cycle.

It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and blame. It’s also easy to tear something down — ask any vandal. The payoff is to build and create, to identify and solve the problems we face and to do it together. That path is always harder, it seems, but it certainly has the greater benefit.

Mr. Lincoln said it best: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Everyone should realize there are too many people out there fanning the flames of division for their own gain and to the detriment of this country.

Let’s start rewarding the folks out there who are trying to unify us and not divide us. When this country plays as one team, we can achieve anything.

Ben Avon

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