Friday, January 20, 2017

Trump Inauguration the First Show of Diverse America

Most of the people boycotting Trump's inauguration are not Americans, do not believe in American traditions and will do nothing to uphold them. They care about their race, their ethnicity, their interest group. Nothing more.

I don't care if they go or not, but this is not a political protest. It is clear evidence of the unraveling of America.

We'll see if President Trump can put the toothpaste back in the tube.

Don't expect mercy, white man
“It’s kind of mean for me to say it but these people have probably like five years left,” Nolasco said while gesturing to the white attendees at the meeting. A video of the meeting shows that several of them were elderly. The ACLU official said that Latinos and blacks are “the future,” and that “we don’t want to see an America that is hateful.”

The Real Thucydides Trap: Will Red and Blue America Go to War?
As we approach the transition of the presidential administrations, twenty-five years will have passed since the Soviet Union’s dissolution on 25 December 1991. Coincidentally, today’s bifurcated regional political allegiance took shape after the Cold War’s end in the following 1992 presidential election. Within the passing of a single generation, the lines between America’s “blue” and “red” states grew more and more geographically distinct and culturally inflexible. A dynamic characterized by “blue” projecting its aspirations in the newly triumphant liberal world order as “red” areas became withdrawn and marginalized by the encroachment of foreign and non-traditional influences. Will the current divergent trajectory of “blue” and “red” continue through another generation? If so, which issue from the wide array of current and emergent challenges may be the pivotal decision for a domestic flashpoint?

In recent memory, exploring the nexus of regional grievances, cultural separation, political power and their consequences is an indulgent perspective America chooses when looking abroad. But, perhaps Thucydides’ perspective can provide us opportunity and encouragement to analyze America’s causes of strife, understand our domestic differences and close the socio-political gaps in our society. Thucydides, unfortunately, offered no solution to avoid conflict in future Athenian-Spartan parallels. He only recorded the harmful trajectory where societal divergence led Athens and Sparta to conflict. However, history is not prophecy and it serves only to illuminate a path, through analogy, for more current and dark times.

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