But divisiveness in America is hardly confined to that observed in race relations. We are witnessing alienation between rich and poor, contention between employers and employees, atheist attacks on Christians, queer belligerence toward normal people, and factious relations between Democrat and Republican leaders. Can all this dissention be explained by the class warfare deliberately incited by President Obama or is there a deeper cause?
I would suggest that the deep divisiveness observed in the United States today is actually a symptom of the disintegration of our American republic. Let me state this basic truth right up front. We are all republicans, because we live in a republic. The only question is are you a good republican or a bad republican?
If your answer is that you are a democrat and that you live in a democracy, my response will have to be that you are a bad republican, and that furthermore you do not live in a democracy, because democracies are not stable political structures. And incidentally, you are at the source of American divisiveness.
The cornerstone of a republic is the observation by all republicans of certain rules necessary to the preservation and smooth functioning of the society. Democracies incite republicans to make their own rules as they go along.
Republics require that republicans maintain civility toward their fellow republicans in order to receive civil treatment in return. Democracies incite republicans to denigrate their fellow republicans, to call them hateful names, and to initiate malicious propaganda campaigns against them.
Republics offer personal freedom at the expense of personal responsibility. Democracies incite individual gratification at the expense of other members of the society.
There are only two possible political systems: a republic, in which the People rule, and Fascism, under which the government rules. Democracy is an interim state that undermines the stabilizing rules and constraints of a republic while offering nothing in return except impracticable dreams of a return to the safety and security of childhood. The problem is that the "parent" charged with providing that safety and security – the government – is dirt poor and shiftless, and it must steal from republicans to provide for the democrats.
The inevitable result is republican resentment, which results in the imposition of government seizure by force of republican wealth. In other words, Fascism. The same is true of Socialism and Marxism. They all gravitate toward Fascism because they cannot work in the real world without government enforcement.
Divisiveness is a symptom of the process of destroying a republic and converting it to a Fascist state. Republicans understandably resist the government-facilitated theft of their wealth by democrats. Democrats, in return, childishly vilify republicans for being "stingy" and for not doing their "fair" share. Civility evaporates and, as responsibility is replaced by coercion, republicans retreat and either stop creating wealth or create it someplace else, leading to further resentment and vilification on both sides.
We have a choice. We can fight with each other while our republic slides inexorably into the bleak miasma of Fascism, or we can rebuild the national unity and common purpose that enabled this nation to win two world wars. In order to accomplish the later and preferred option, we must find common ground – and that common ground is in the roots of the American republic.