Our Polarized Nation

PP-2014-06-12-polarization-0-06This is a graph, from a study done by the Pew Research Center (http://www.people-press.org/2014/06/12/political-polarization-in-the-american-public/), that shows the increase in hostility between undeviating democrats and republicans in the 10 years leading up to 2014.

The results of this study are pretty obviously seen in everyday life, especially with the recent disfunction of our government.  Political conversations always seem to end in an argument that neither side will win.  These arguments happen between the most politically involved people, while the more middle-minded people just wish for the conflict to end.

These people who aren’t so closed-minded that really have the power to make change happen.  We can’t sit back and let the bipartisan system tear the country apart.  It isn’t a system that works! The world can’t be looked at in black and white.  Those of us who remain critical, instead of taking one ideology as dogma, need to make a movement to fix the issues that are not being resolved by the system that we have in place!

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The revolution has always been in the hands of the young.

Revolution is constantly occurring around the world.  Recently, there have been a variety of movements like the Umbrella Revolution in China, the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, and even the Ferguson protests here in America.  These movements were all sparked by conflict between an authority-group and the people they “serve”.  Some of these movements lead to positive change, and others just slowly die off. This is the problem with the Ferguson Protests.  They will probably flatline, just like the Occupy movement did.  occupydied

There is quite a bit of talk about revolution on social media, in the news, etc, but not enough action.  I recently saw a Facebook post regarding the Ferguson protests, saying that this was our chance to start a revolution.  The author claimed that this injustice was the perfect introduction to an uprising.  Yet, posts like this are quickly glossed over or judged as cliché or unimportant.  These dull social media statements, along with ideas like those of Russel Brand (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euaQTnUyGcA), give people a false view of revolution, as if it is half-baked fantasy.  southparklarevolucion

What we need is a real revolution! And most of the people who are actually out there, voicing their opinions, are not the agitators who will bring about a modern revolution.  The real revolutionaries are those of us who know that the system is corrupt but may not think that we can do anything about it.  Many of the politically active people in our country are stuck in a constant argument which will never lead to positive change.  These people are intolerant of other ideologies, and aren’t motivated to work together in order to bring about reform.

You already know what the cause for revolution is.  You just need to realize that change is possible, and make moves to start it!