Here in the United States, we are a house divided…and that’s not something to be bragging about.
To be blunt, many of us are at each others’ throats, particularly when it comes to the often-testy subject of politics. We look to Washington DC and we see dysfunction. This opinion is universal among the leftists and the conservatives, and this alone would be enough to reunite the nation were it not for the greed of the corporate media.
The issue is a simple enough one to understand; the media needs to keep their ratings high in order to attract advertisers, given that this is where the vast majority of their revenue is earned. To keep viewers tuning in, these long-practiced provocateurs compete with one another to exploit your emotional response to any given story. Conflict is something that human beings are drawn to – we know this from years of throwing our hard-earned money at Hollywood blockbusters – and the “news” channels we find on television are keenly aware of as well.
So they put us against one another with alarming accuracy, dividing the nation for their own economic gain, and with little recourse.
It is this divisive drivel that has America looking a fool on the world’s stage.
The world has gotten a little more peaceful, according to the 13th annual Global Peace Index, a complex study that ranks 163 nations around the world based on factors ranging from rates of homicide and incarceration to the presence of small arms, military expenditures, ongoing conflicts, terrorism, the overall economic impact of violence and even climate change.
“The average level of global peacefulness improved for the first time in five years,” the index said, noting that Iceland is the most peaceful nation on earth, a spot it has held for 11 years.
New Zealand is in second place, followed by Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Canada, Singapore, Slovenia, Japan and Czech Republic, to round out the top 10.
Here is where it gets embarrassing…
The U.S. is ranked 128th on the list. Among Western allies, Australia is 13th, Germany 22nd, Britain 45th and France 60th.
We must remember, always, that we are all Americans, and that we mustn’t allow the mainstream media’s cash-grabs to instill hate in our hearts.