Posted on 08.14.2017

Division: An Ugly Reality

The heartbreaking incidents we saw in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend vividly demonstrates the social, ideological, and sadly, racial divisions in our nation, divisions that have been encouraged by opportunistic politicians, self-serving minority leaders, hate groups, radical ideologues and paid rabble rousers.

Whether itís Black Lives Matters marching down a street chanting about frying police officers like bacon or white supremacists waving swastikas and screaming hateful racial epithets, whether itís a venue full of college students shouting down a speaker with opposing views or
a random drive by shooting of a rival gang member, they all demonstrate how, not just divided but how, shattered our nation really is.

The reasons for this sorry situation are almost as diverse as the situation itself, but, at least, in my humble opinion, it all boils down to two words, respect and responsibility.

We have come to a point where so many of us have no respect for the views of other people.

The traditional method for settling differences of opinion was debate. Proponents would sit down and look at both sides of the issue, actually listening to and considering the other personís position and respecting their right to voice it.

And usually middle ground can be found if both parties are willing to accept the validity of the other personís argument.

Unfortunately, the debates have disintegrated into screaming matches and the respect into total intolerance.

When preceding generations went to school, discipline was the first order of the day, disrespect for the teacher carried zero tolerance, which created an orderly and closely supervised atmosphere for learning, and if you didnít learn, you didnít pass.

If you went out for a sport, if you couldnít cut it, you didnít make the team, I know, because Iíve failed to make the team and it spurred me and motivated me to work harder to improve myself so I could measure up and make the next team.There were no ribbons for also rans, no consolation prizes for losers, no participation trophies, and nobody patting you on the back telling you it wasnít your fault that you couldnít make the grade, that it was really unfair that others did better than you did, that you were disadvantaged for some reason or other and that you should just take your place at the end of the line as the norm for your life, bitter and resentful.

No, what you were told was, if you want to pass this test, study, if you want to make this team, get yourself in shape, if you want to make something out of yourself youíd better accept the responsibility for your own actions and develop a hardcore work ethic.

Respect for law officers, the very people who put their lives on the line for us every day, who risk life and limb by just showing up for work has reached the deplorable level, as evidenced by the amount of police shootings around the nation.

And there are those who, given a chance, would seriously reduce the levels of discipline in our armed forces, the discipline that means the difference between life and death in battle conditions.

An overly permissive society is never equipped to deal with its own results as ideology is seldom practical, given to overkill and unrealistic pipe dreams and in the effort to level playing fields actually tilts them, much as compassionate green minded activists upset the natural order when they try to influence the ecology, bringing about an overabundance of some species and actually contributing to the dwindling population of others.

Human beings were, from their creation, meant to respect authority, to earn their bread by the toil of their hands and the sweat of their brow, to obey the laws of God and man and to sit down and reason together.

My fervent prayer for our beloved America is that we will one day, again, live up to the word, ďunited.Ē

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

ó Charlie Daniels

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Comments

Hate by no other name
Amen, Amen & Amen Charlie, I thoroughly agree and also believe that these people are being manipulated by George Soros and others. Black Lives matters protesters do make the signs they march with, someone is hiring the buses to deliver them to the protest sites, feeding them, using social media to coordinate the protests, just like Obama did for Arab Spring. Robert E Lee was not a faultless human, neither is Nikki Hailey, nor was Martin Luther King Jr. nuff said God Bless Plowboy
Posted by Plowboy
Division: An Ugly Reality
I enjoyed reading this article you wrote regarding the division of our nation. And the many avenues through which this division came into existence I think you hit the nail on its head. And like you I believe that a George Soros is the one providing funds for these thugs who are stirring up all the problems. Excellent writing.
Posted by Michael
Monday Soapbox
This is one of your best Soapboxes ever, Mr. Daniels. Thank you.
Posted by Rebecca
Grateful for your post
Thank you for the Post Charlie Daniels I really enjoyed reading it!
Posted by Kathleen
An Ugly Reality
I agree, Mr. Daniels. Our nation needs to turn back to God..
Posted by Joy
This has become a sad sad world..
All that is happening in this world,is the signs of time, It wont be long,JESUS,Is comming back..
Posted by Jackie
Divisions
I am puzzled that lax criteria for making the sports team, consolation ribbons, participation trophies, and Mr Soros are responsible for the scene below. https://time.com/4899668/charlottesville-virginia-protest-officer-kkk-photo/
Posted by Paul
Division reply
Thanks for that excellent post Charlie, I found if comforting after becoming angered by one of the Hollywood elite giving her views about division on a late night talk show. Most of them lead sheltered lives and live in gated community. I grew up just as you discribed knowing right from wrong and good. As a kid I was bused across town to a black neighbor hood school as part of desegregation. I've worked with people from all over the world while most are hard working good people there are those who expect a free ride as their right and shout racism when things don't go their way. I believe in America, American values and no can take away our constitution, erase history they don't agree with or out a president who was elected by the people because he believes the same values as the rest of us.
Posted by John
Great
Great and thoughtful, realistic article! All hate groups must be barred from Protesting and all monuments must be left alone...can't change history, but laws must be enacted to stop Protesting and violence!
Posted by Peggy
No Debate
No one needs to sit down with Nazis or racists and debate them.
Posted by peter
No Debate redux
Black Lives Matter is in favor of the destruction of Israel. This makes them as genocidal against my people as Nazis. From where I sit, what happened in Charlottesville was Nazi-on-Nazi violence. You cannot debate/discuss anything with ANY of these evil idiots.
Posted by Allan
PEACE ON EARTH
GOD BLESS YOU SIR!!!!
Posted by Denise
Are You Kidding?
Did you ever hear of a little thing called World War II?
Posted by peter
Division
You speak the absolute truth!!! People are too self righteous. We need to be humble and treat each other as we would want to be treated.
Posted by Debbie
Amen to you Charlie
I loved your writings and agree whole heartedly. I couldn't have said it better myself.
Posted by James
Your Post
Thank you. You hit the nail on the head.
Posted by Christine
Could THIS Be Common Ground?
Many of those protesting the Confederate flag and monuments don't want the government displaying these things. Many conservatives, especially the Tea Party, believe in a more limited government. I think that the monuments should be removed AND THEN GIVEN TO SOMEONE IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR LIKELY TO HONOR AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEM. If people want to honor the Confederacy, that's fine. But they should do it in the private sector. -- Tru Cola
Posted by Tru