by The Reverend Dr. Britt Minshall
The argument burns across our land as Republicans call their programs the” Will of the AMERICAN People.” They see their current popularity as “The Star Bangled Banner of the new America.” Interestingly, their followers – dedicated and absolute in their cause, are only “HALF the population – PLUS One” – hardly a mandate (In pure mathematics, they only enjoyed 48% of the vote)!
The other “Half LESS One” are completely different. Everyone attempts to define the difference as purely political partisanship but that’s NOT the conflict and even where it is, it is fluid. What today Republican, is NOTHING like it was thirty years-ago and it will change in the next twenty, so too for the Democrats.
So WHAT IS THE GREAT AMERICAN DIVIDE of 2017???
At its base is: “As we’ve grown in maturity as a nation, the two main thrusts of all human life have split sharply, mostly due to our nation’s growing GLUT in all things.” Historically, when we collectively had little or nothing, we respected most others, because we needed them. However now, with our overabundance in EVERYTHING, we see no need for any of THEM (the others) anymore. The reason the haves, that have accumulated the most, tend toward Republicanism, is the party’s nearly 100% White membership and Whites, now shrinking in number, have the biggest portion of the “glut.”
At its core then, the great divide is:
GROUP #1, Half PLUS One: “I – ME – ‘MYNE’S'”!! (New word: plural title for the “my”, possessor’s)
GROUP #2, Half LESS One: “WE – US – OURS”!!
“That’s MY money,” yells the haves (Group 1), “I earned it, it’s MINE!” Meanwhile, Group 2 tends toward “that’s OUR money, WE earned it, it’s OURS!”
Those forming Group 1 are referring to what they see as their “solo” effort in accumulating the wealth, seemingly in spite of the efforts of other working employees, predecessors, outside suppliers and favorable governing rules that aided the recipient in his/her quest for riches. Once in their hands, there is NO obligation to share that cash, or credit with any of the other contributors or the country where it was received, or the community schools that educate their young, and especially with the ministry’s that help those left behind. The MYNES” respond to calls for help by saying “Don’t you see I made it, it all belongs to ME, it is MINE” (Ayn Rand:” America’s goddess of the markets” and key contributor to today’s republicanism)
This ideology, by any name, is willing to spend millions on the military and local police, “after all, they get ME stuff: raw materials, slaves or cheap labor and trading rights.” Then these allies in “Might” protect my “stash.” But, not a penny flows toward the need of the lessor endowed; remember, their not “I-ME-MINE,” they are “THEM,” that other group, the losers (again Ayn Rand).
Conversely, the rest of us: “others, the REAL majority in our society, Group 2: WE-US-OURS, express feelings of “Community, Together, Sharing and obligation to others.” While some of this Group are the so called “Bleeding Hearts” most want to accumulate savings, buy a home and live “good” lives, BUT those in this group also realize that behind EVERY fortune made, there are MANY hands that make it happen. Group 1 sees all these other partners as drudges, drones, wanting part of “MY fortune,” impinging on “MY profit,” that “I ALONE” am entitled too!”
PERSONAL NOTE: When ministering to people over the past half century, I have NEVER suggested that folks “give away the store.” Everyone’s FIRST obligation is to make one’s self and family safe. But, from the start, I have always spoken out widely against “I-ME-MINE,” warning people that: “it’s only when ALL of us are well off and safe, can any of us find peace.” Further, I have always taught that NO one has the right to a fortune, connived or stolen from others less endowed – PERIOD. (Unfortunately, in today’s America a person advocating for Godliness and mutual respect is a “communist’???)
I hate to pick examples from any one side, but just yesterday, I witnessed the best example of the “I-ME-MYNES” on full public display.
The Trump White House held a trimmed down version of the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. The President’s wife was outwardly and obviously working to “get down” with the kids. It was a far cry from her secluded “I-ME-MINE” aristocratic life at trump tower. But, to her credit she was in there really trying to be a true “FIRST LADY.”
However, LOOK CLOSELY, as Don Trump walked around with a sneer on his face, rolling eyes, being annoyed at being with these “children of the masses” displaying distain at “having” to be there.
Don Trump is indeed, the chief spokesmen for the new American reality, as we slide into the abyss. We are becoming the most self-righteous, self-contained, self-enriching people on earth. The Romans and the Brits, Napoleon and the Nazis all followed this path. Soon our love of the “I – ME – MINE” will lead us to their end. If we don’t put the “I-ME-MYNE’S” in a small minority place, where they can only hurt themselves, we’re just as doomed as these other world hogs, damned by our own glut: PLEASE STOP US NOW – For God’s Sake!