The American Divide: VA Is the Latest Example

Written by Paul Hair on June 1, 2014

Eric Shinseki has resigned and the attention surrounding the problems with the VA will only increase but the bigger picture of the scandal is that it is the latest example of the American divide.

Michelle Malkin wrote on how the U.S. treats illegal alien invaders better than its veterans. And J.D. Gordon wrote on how the U.S. even treats terrorists better than its veterans. Those facts make the mistreatment of veterans at the VA even worse. But they also demonstrate how there is a massive divide between Americans who have polar opposite beliefs on fundamental matters.

There has been no shortage of American defenders of Islamic terrorists since September 11, 2001. And their support has been so great that they have seen to it that terrorists never were treated like the VA has long treated veterans. So because a massive segment of Americans shows more concern with the welfare of terrorists than American troops, terrorists at Guantanamo Bay have lived like kings while American veterans have died at the hands of the VA.

And that is just one example of how a significant portion of the population seems to side more with enemies of the U.S. than law-abiding Americans. Another example is Michael Hirsh. Hirsh has written approvingly of how the Obama regime has embraced a strategy of “legitimate Islamism”—putting Islamic extremists into power across the globe as a matter of policy. Meanwhile, Hirsh also thinks that Benghazi is a “pseudo-scandal” (“The Benghazi-Industrial Complex”) and the only way he can comprehend talking with those who aren’t extreme leftists is to think of how the left naturally relates to terrorists. (“We Negotiate With Terrorists, So Why Not With the GOP?”).

The divide emerges in other fundamental ways as well. The Patriot-News recently ran a press release for proposed legislation that would allow illegal aliens to get driving licenses in Pennsylvania. So not only does the government refuse to deport illegal alien invaders as it’s obligated to do, but it openly works with them, the media, and a sizable portion of Americans to reward them for their invasion. The same people also brand other Americans who oppose this invasion as “bigots” and “xenophobes.” Meanwhile a Marine who accidentally went into Mexico and wants to leave it isn’t allowed to do so—he’s imprisoned and the government seems to lack a sense of urgency in working to free him.

And while the government, media, and many Americans have declared Benghazi, the IRS targeting of law-abiding citizens, Fast and Furious, government-supported human trafficking, Obamacare, and other atrocities to be “non-stories,” they immediately condemn and act to punish those who use the name “Redskins,” those who support marriage, and those who dare to defend the Second Amendment.

Others have noted the severe divisions in American society as well. David French wrote about it in late 2012 in, “Re: Abortion Politics 101:”

It took me a long time to realize the following truth: No matter how compassionate, charitable, winsome, and kind you are, if you oppose the sexual revolution you are the enemy. And in many ways, you’re not merely the political “enemy,” you’re also a reprehensible human being. Ann Coulter was on to something when she said on Red Eye that modern culture (and our president, apparently) can forgive Korean pop sensation Psy for rapping his hopes that American soldiers (and their families) die painful deaths, but had he rapped against gay marriage he would never be forgiven.

The divide on marriage is but a microcosm of the divide that exists through every other aspect of American life. Thus, the reason the VA could treat veterans so poorly for so long while the welfare of terrorists has been so thoroughly monitored is because so many people in America now openly side with the enemies of traditional America and against those who are loyal to it.

This divide no longer can be bridged. I’ve written before that there are people who insist that the fighting between Americans needs to stop—that we need to come together and find common ground. But, again, this is impossible since we no longer have any common ground. We now simply need to choose which side we’re on.

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