The negative effects of nationalism

War is coming. Not foreign but a war domestic, the war for control of Washington, D.C., in 2012. Look what hangs in the balance: energy and education policy, income and corporate tax rates, agriculture subsidies, environmental regulations, retirement pensions, the health care system, and more besides. Quickly! Quickly! To the blogs, to the streets, to the voting booth. Don’t yield an inch to the enemy. The future of the country is at stake!

My friends, this should not be so.

We are not naturally enemies of one another but neighbours. Yet we have allowed our political system to degenerate to such a degree that we now see one another primarily through the prism of party ideology, thus poisoning our relationships.

This degeneration stems from viewing the United States as one nation, one homogenous ‘people,’ rather than as a federation or league of separate communities, each with their own unique and separate identities: their own distinct religion, art, geography, dialect, history, economy, government, etc. The moment we lost sight of all these unique towns, parishes & counties, and states by focusing only on the individuals who live there and attempting to govern them all as one people who have identical interests (primarily from one capital), that is the moment disorder entered into our political system.