Being Forced

There is a great line in an issue of New Yorker magazine:

“American political culture was bounded by a contest between reason and violence; a seesawing battle that continues to this day (from the Civil War in 1860), between the aspiration to persuade fellow citizens to accept your views to the raw instinct to force them to comply.”

In the 160 years since, Liberals (no matter what their party was called at the time) have tried to use reason, empathy, and compassion to convince people to support the things that would help the most citizens in the country. Conservatives have long held on to the “my way” attitude and used whatever they could to force people into abiding by their attitudes and behavior… from war to using politicians to gain entry into government to change laws to fit with their ideology; from a state religion to banning abortion. They were against the rights of women, people of color, and LGBTQ. They demanded prayer and Bibles in public schools, even if not everyone at that school was a Christian. If nothing has changed in the nearly 200 years and has only gotten worse with Donald Trump and his followers, it’s going to be difficult, if not impossible, to convince the conservative Southern Republicans to listen with reason and think with their hearts, let alone their heads.

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