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It's long and maybe even a bit fragmented but bare with me...
Never before in the history of the United States has there been such division. Even during the Civil War there were clearly drawn lines and both sides had a clear agenda. Now though, we are divided by political affiliation, race, religion (or lack thereof), and even lifestyle choices ranging from urbanites vs. country folk to gays vs. straights (and the whole spectrum in between). 
Where has this taken us as a nation? What is the end state? Each group and individual has their own idea of what the perfect society is and, as has been demonstrated very clearly over the past decade, those subjective views do not blend well with other groups' goals and agendas. So, what is the result of all of this? Due to the seemingly forced alignment to either extreme right or left of the ideological and political spectrum based on one's beliefs and goals, our nation has devolved from the republic it once was, where rights were guaranteed and and enforced by rule of law, into now broken and dysfunctional mass of clans intent on forcing their values on the others by way of name calling, slandering, and accusations of being "unAmerican" (Yes, I'm guilty of this just as much as the rest of you are. But, if I can own up to it, so can you.)
Meanwhile,in the chambers of both state and federal government, our elected officials are doing nothing to bridge the gap between our conflicting ideologies. Rather, they are all working hard to increase and enhance this ever increasing division. Why would they do this? The answer is quite simple. It's a slight-of-hand trick, a ruse. By keeping all of us fighting among ourselves, they are free to pass legislation and enact law that will further increase their power base while slowly and steadily whittling our freedoms down to a nub. Given our general attitude of suspicion and disbelief on a national level, it's natural to question how these people, our employees, could possibly achieve such a lofty goal. And not being the type of guy to leave you hanging, I'll provide a perfect example from my own state legislature.
On January 6th of this year, the first day of the legislative season, HB 1009 was introduced. This bill, if passed, will repeal the 15 round magazine limit in the state of Colorado. Sounds pretty good right? Attached to this Bill however, is another piece of legislation that will outlaw abortion in the state. Attaching this extra piece guarantees that the Bill will not make it into law, but, it also gives the conservatives a way to assign blame on the failure of the Bill to the liberals, including the ones who would have voted to repeal the magazine limit. Hence, furthering the divide and forcing the populace to choose a side. And despite the side chosen, the outcome is the same. We lose, government control expands, and another decision is made for us by people who have perverted, corrupted, and advanced the demise of our once great republic by another step.
Agree with me or not, that is your choice, but I'll leave you with a few words that are as true today as they were the day they were written:
"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security."

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