Harold Ohayon
A Wandering New Yorker

Stop the Hemorrhaging

The United States of America is hardly recognizable at this point. Cities burn, people riot, the mob and horde run amok with wonton abandon. American attacks American, communities fragment and all spiral down into the pitch abyss.

It was refreshing to hear the lofty words of Joe Biden last week, utterances that called for unity, calm and decorum. While his comments appeared to reach out across the divide towards his political rivals, the vexing source that continuously stoke division and divisiveness within the country does not stem from the Republican party. No, indeed the fountainhead for the hysterical fanaticism that is laying waste to the country is fomented by members of Biden’s own political party. And if he truly wishes to bring Americans together again, he must undertake the unenviable task of confronting the malcontents within the Democratic establishment.

Political debate and disagreement are natural and expected. Fierce arguments and impassioned stances are welcomed and applauded. But the discourse in American politics has turned toxic beyond toleration. Instead of attacking policies, many are now striking out at individuals and entire groups. Instead of welcoming diversity of thought and opinion, many are seeking to actively silence those that refuse to bend the metaphorical knee. And while many would relish the opportunity to blame President Trump for this maelstrom of maliciousness, the dire situation we now find ourselves in existed before 2016 and will continue into the foreseeable future unless it is addressed immediately.

How did we get here?

The election of Donald J. Trump sent shockwaves throughout the country. While this deeply flawed man deserves criticism and scrutiny, the attacks against him went above and beyond anything that was seen before. Slanderous labels and gross accusations became the norm in everyday discourse, with President Trump being compared to Hitler so often that one would be forgiven in assuming that they were sitting in on a lecture about World War Two.

The attacks on President Trump soon trickled down, and the ire of the Left soon engulfed the average Republican. Media banshees shrieked and howled ceaselessly, celebrities pontificated absolute drivel, and politicians fanned the flames and fiddled as the country started to burn.

And burn did it ever.

The situation has hit the point where the terms ‘Nazi’, ‘white supremacist’, and ‘racist’ are used with such frequency that they hardly hold any heft anymore. If everyone you disagree with is a Nazi, then what impact does that term even hold?

So how does Joe Biden stop the ? If he truly wishes to be the Unifier in Chief, he must stand up and repudiate those that seek to divide the country. He must fortify the values that America stands for: diversity of thought, freedom of expression, and the right to disagree. The totalitarian zeal of the Left must be checked, and an environment that fosters true dialogue and goodwill must be nurtured. Only then can the nation heal.

But if the animosity of the Left are left unchecked, then the country will disintegrate beyond repair. It is time for this madness to stop. It is time for media personalities to stop trying to compare America in 2020 to Germany in 1936. It is time for pundits to stop trying to convince listeners and viewers that their neighbors, colleagues and friends are secret bigots. It is time for celebrities to stop demonizing half the country as being inferior, malicious and monstrous. It is time for politicians to stop turning a blind eye when Trump supporters are accosted, harassed and attacked in the street. It is time for quash ridiculous notions brought forth by the reprehensibly reckless (keeping lists of Trump supporters, doxxing those that you disagree with, ect). It is time to stop the fear mongering. It is time to stop the oversimplified ‘us vs them’ narrative that has permeated all aspects of society for the last four years. It is time to stop painting your political opponents as being embodiments of absolute evil. It is time to stop all this nonsense.

To every thing there is a season…

A time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;

A time for war, and a time for peace.

God willing America will soon see less of the former and more of the latter.

About the Author
Expat New Yorker living in the Land of the Rising Sun: Trekking to random parts of the globe, debating countless things under the sun, and attempting to learn to cook Korean food.
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