(Natural News) By now you’ve probably heard about the violence in Charlottesville, Va., involving supporters of keeping a Confederate monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee in place and those who want to see it removed from a public park.
While the social commentators and political scientists figure out which side is most to blame — the “Left” or the “Right” — the one takeaway for you is that political violence in America is on the rise, and it doesn’t look like it will subside anytime soon.
In fact, a growing number of experts believe that our country is not only becoming more divided, but that it is becoming more polarized, meaning reconciliation isn’t a likely prospect.
“I think the gap in the country right now is that deep and that real,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News this week. “I think the people on the left have a radically different vision of America’s future than traditional Americans. And I think there’s a small element on the right – which has been there for a long time – which is genuinely crazy.”
I think he’s right. In fact, political discourse in America is every bit as bad as it was during the turbulent 1960s. And if you read pre-Civil War history, you’ll discover that Americans’ competing social, cultural and political viewpoints seem every bit as irreconcilable today as they were in the 1840s and 1850s, even if the specific issues are different. (Click to Site)