Saturday, November 12, 2016
THE DILEMMA OF DIVISION
My best friend died a number of years ago. He was like the older brother I never had, and I looked up to him. We hunted, fished, camped, canoed and got drunk together. I still miss him.
After his death his son and I became close. He looked up to me as a connection to his dad. We hunted, fished, camped, canoed, road motorcycles and got drunk together. He is like a little brother.
When I retired from the military I went to college and then went to Alaska for a number of years. I got a graduate degree in Alaska. I am totally committed to my wife and don’t do the activities I did before – I don’t do anything that she and I can’t enjoy together.
Now I get together with my friend and it is strained. We have almost nothing in common except memories. I am the one that has changed. He works in a fiberglass mill, he owns an assault rifle, I am sure he voted for Trump, he still does all the things that we use to do – and I somewhat miss it. But most of all I miss the friendship and closeness we once had. I feel certain that my attending college was the first step that separated us. I can remember as an enlisted man in the military my resentment toward officers who held a position over me simply because of a few years in college.
It bothers me that my little brother somehow looks at me as elitist, possibly feeling that I look down on him. I don’t think we can ever cross the divide that now separates us – it would require me going back to who I use to be; but I love him and miss him.
I see a correlation between my relationship with my little brother and politics in America.
The Democratic Party constantly made snobbish comparisons of college educated to non-college educated people voting for Hillary.
I am sure that education arrogant statements turned off a lot of people, both Republicans and Democrats, who didn’t have the advantage of attending college – It struck me as elitist. It gave the impression that Democrats feel that college educated people are smarter than non-college educated people.
The Democratic Party’s aura is elitism. If we are to succeed as a party in the future, we have to bring it down and say it is not about us, but about the issues we believe in.
There is a divide between Democrats and Republicans that may never be bridged; but we can stop turning off possible crossover voters with condescending statements and attitudes.
Our eyes should be on the election 2018 and on state and local elections.
Where am I going with this? Hell I don’t know.