Today I read a article about the growth in influence of what is generically called “Christian Broadcasting.” I also happened to read about Bernie Sanders talk program which is somewhere on Face Book. Both are attracting large audiences. I think it is safe to say neither faction listens to the other. It is as if those who watch one faction of the country’s political/religious commentary and news are in a separate country from all the others.
While it is tempting to think this is an important problem, we need to consider our history. Around 1860 two ways of looking at things led to a civil war. More recently I think the Vietnam period was even more bitter than what we have today. Then there was the bloody civil rights period. Taking those three periods into account today’s isolated talk shows don’t seem so intense.
It’s tempting to say, “Let’s get together and talk this thing out.” I don’t think this really an option for the nation though it will happen here and there. Television requires big money and if there is more money in bashing the other side you can guess the result. Anyone in the TV industry will tell you there is a need for the screen to project emotion.
Past U.S. periods of bitterness have shown us resolution will come when one view wins out over another. After some years had past, few people supported slavery, segregation or the Vietnam War.
It is unpleasant, however, waiting for that to happen.