Artorius Castus

A Growing Chasm

Posted in Uncategorized by Patrick Truax on October 26, 2007

When one hears the phrase, “A Nation Divided”, or something similar, it should conjure up images of the Civil War. Fought from 1861-1865, it was a time when the Nation was truly split. Several Southern States seceded and went to war with those States that did not. A devastating war, it took many years and millions of dollars to rebuild the war torn South. While the war changed a lot things in America, making things “legal” so to speak, the attitudes and racism towards a group of Americans, shamefully, lasted for 100 years more. That was a time of true division. North aganst South, Brother Agaisnt Brother, you have heard it all before.

All too often, especially lately, I hear this phrase used more and more in the media. Are we truly that divided? To hear any drive-by media pundit, we are hopelssly mired in a quagmire..oh wait, wrong line, “We are hoplessly divided and nothing will change that..” Yada yada..

I believe there are enough honest and resonable folks in America that can see through smoke and mirrors used daily on Capitol Hill and the White House. These honest and resonable folks, want security, a final deal on immigration, tax relief, healthcare reform, and above, all a little honesty out of Washington. Finding any kind of consensus on it, however, seems to be elusive. Take, for example, Healthcare Reform.

Folks on the Right side of the political spectrum argue it will be socialized medicine and we will go the way of England. After Healthcare, what will be next, the auto insurance industry? Once the barrier of socialism has been breached, its too late. Consider Air Traffic Control. I work closely with ATC in my professional life, so I know how good those guys are, I also know what type of job stress it entails. But as much as I hate to say it, our Nation’s Airspace System is a mess. Its no one entity’s fault. But the response by ATC has been questionable at times, and I have often wondered about some of the decsions made by the FAA. ATC is government run, and after you get past the fundamentals of vectoring a heavy jet to the Final Approach Fix, it just a government job. Canada, the bastion Red Socialism (sorry, not all Canadians)privatized their Air Traffic Control System. When one has to compete to stay in business, quality generally improves. Another example of Government control run amok, is public education, but that is a topic for another time.

Those on the Left side of that spectrum believe that Government control is required to keep things running smoothly. By controlling healthcare, welfare, and various other social programs, the theory is everyone is taken care of, everybody has his basic needs met by the largess of Government. There is nothing wrong with the basic altruistic premise of this stance. But all too often, control over most aspects of a citizens life can lead to some slippery slopes. We saw it Germany in the ’30’s at the same time we were seeing it Stalin’s Russia. Freedoms curtailed, rights taken away, the whole package of totalitarianism. These same folks on the Left scoff at the idea that socialized medicine will lead to communism or socialism. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and some belive that Healthcare will only be a start. “Can you imagine people like the employees at the Motor Vehicles Department deciding when or if you can have that gall bladder surgery?” Asks Tom Delancy, a paid consultant to Artorius. “The basic premise seems for now, anyway, like “socialism by choice, you can have it if you want it”, but we wonder when it will no longer be a choice.”

There are many of divisions between political parties, one of the problems of the two party system is both sides have to assume all the issues-there has to be party position on everything. In some countries with more that two or three parties, the union that controls the Party from a region in North, isnt going to be too worried about the political party that most of the folks in the maritime areas are in. Thus, as long as these two parties dont bump heads somewhere along the line. A consensus in the most general sense is usually reached, not always, but usually. Most of the differences outlined so far have come from Party stances or Statements. But what about the people?

The first person we turned to is an Artorius Senior Contributing Editor. A retired Cold Warrior who knows nothing about the mining of Nicarguan harbors in the ’80s, we have view from the retired government sector.

“IT’S MORE THAN A “GROWING CHASM.” WE’VE PASSED THAT AND NOW THERE IS A DEEP INCISION IN THE BODY POLITIC OF THIS COUNTRY THAT MAY NOT EVER BE BRIDGED. FOR A BRIEF FEW DAYS FOLLOWING THE MOSLEM ATTACKS ON CIVILIZATION ON 11 SEP 01, WE WERE UNITED. BUT THEN POLITICS STUCK ITS UGLY HEAD BACK IN AND NOW WE’RE AT EACH OTHER’S THROATS AGAIN WHILE TRYING TO WAGE A GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM. UNFORTUNATELY, IT’S GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER OUTRAGE SIMILAR TO THE ONE PERPETRATED BY MOHAMMED ATTA/HOUSE OF SAUD TO REUNITE THESE UNITED STATES.”

Do you really feel thats what it will take?

“I DO. THE SIGHT OF THE TWIN TOWERS FALLING AGAIN WILL, I THINK, SHOCK EVEN THE MOST FERVENT BUSH HATER INTO JOINING ARMS WITH THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, AND UNITE AT LEAST LONG ENOUGH TO WORK TOGETHER. AFTER THAT, IT’LL BE BACK TO BUSINESS AS USUAL: PRO V ANTI ABORTION; PRO V ANTI GUN, ETC.”

Unfortunately, he is probably right, it will take a catastrophe to unite America again, if only for a short time. But what about Katrina? That was a catastrophe and it divided us even further. “Yes, Katrina was awful,” said the consultant. “but in a city like New Orleans, it was to be expected. Generations of welfare in one of the largest public housing communities in America, were basically conditioned to rely on the Government for everything. When the order came to evacuate, the folks turned to the City and they were no where to be found. When the flooding got worse, the word got out to some to make their way to the Superdome, which was part of the original disaster plan.”

“But the word didnt get out to a lot of folks, one of the reasons ommitted by the media for ill prepardeness of the city was the fact that a lot of the public housing denizens didnt have the media capabilty to keep with the storm,” he continued. “by the time the City and State governments realized what a disaster they had on their hands, we in TV land had already seen the fighting on the bridge, and heard the horrific tales coming from the Superdome, and there were still folks stuck in Desire and Iberville not knowing what was going on(I think thats what those housing units called). Thats when they called the Federal Government in, nearly 48 hours after the severity of the situation revealed itself.”

48 hours? We knew from cable and satellite the situation had detoriated within 12 hours. Murders, cops looting stores, and general anarchy. What could have taken so long for the federal response?

“That responsibility comes from the Governor of Louisiana,” stated Tom. “the order didnt come till 48 hours later. It is believed they thought they could control the situation with National Guard. And then the levees broke. Once that happened, all bets were off. FEMA was activated and one of the plans called for activating all off duty NOPD officers and auxilliaries. There were supposed to be 400, but when they got to NOLA, an embarrassed Nagin had to admit those cops didnt exist and someone had been taking the federal funds and pocketing them. Some specualte thats why the City and State took so long to notify the Federal Government;the arrival of the feds would open the City’s and State’s books revealing a lot of felonies.”

So the Governor didnt summon Federal help until 2 days later?

“Nope,” he said.

Then why did Bush take so much heat for the Hurricane?

“By not getting there until after the levees gave, and the evacuation taking so long, the media saw a golden opportunity to hang it all on Bush’s late arrival, which was caused by corrupt city and state workers who were afraid of federal scrutiny descending upon the state.”

So a lot of the divide in America can be blamed on the media?

“Of course!” Tom snorted. “As long as people are watching “The View” and ABC, they are getting a point of view from the Left. Thats why the Blogs, and Rush and others are so important because they remind people there is another side to the story coming from what we like to call the Drive By Media,” he explained. “The division felt on the news and in the media and general doesnt apply to all, though.”

Oh? How so?

“Well, look at Rush’s syndication, Hannity’s reach, Conservative books never touted in the media, but always in the top 10 in Amazon and the NYT,” he explained.”Look at the heat the Democrats are taking over the Nascar innoculation gaffe. No, Patrick, we are not that divided, it appears that way, but there are a lot of honest reasonable people out there, as you like to say, and they can see through most of the smoke.”

So, a lot of the division is fostered by the media?

“The Media get their material faxed to them daily from DNC headquarters, Patrick.”

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  1. Patrick Truax said, on October 26, 2007 at 5:41 am

    For some reason this didnt post when I wanted it to, Id hoped to get it out sooner..

  2. Patrick Truax said, on October 26, 2007 at 5:45 am

    Oh, Terrence Truax and a paid consultant contributed to this story..

  3. Catty Ax Lady said, on October 26, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    The answer is simple-stop watching MSM garbage.


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