TexanMan82 saidYou need to crack open a couple of history books. The U.S. has ALWAYS had divisions. Always. Over everything. But, when push comes to shove, no one unites quite like Americans.
If you do crack up history books, when things get like this, divisions have always occured. History show this, in both countries, churches, and other organizatons. My own church body broke from fellowship in the mid 1900's and now there is going to be another break. Just when , I don't know. But ,we got 2 opposite groups in our church body and the yelling and screaming that goes on in these church meetings among Christians is unbelievable. I've never seen anything like it in my entire life. It's the reason why I resigned from the ministry. I couldn't take the yelling and screaming anymore for my own sanity. None of this surprises me, though. Because the Bible foretells that this will happen even in the Christian church and the things that it says will happen are happening right in front of my eyes. This is one of the reasons why I beleive in the Scriptures being divinely inspired because it says even people in the Christian church will hate one another with a vehemence and the love of most will grow cold. The Scriptures is like a commentary on my country and church. Sure it makes me sad, but God knew and said these things will happen. I honestly have never seen so much hatred in our country as there is today. It was not like this 30 years ago when I was 19 and got to vote the first time for a US president. I remember the election very well and there was not all this hatred for each other. Debating, yes, but not vehement hatred. Jimmy Carter, the Democratic president from Plains, GA was the incumbent and Republican Ronald Reagan was running against him.
What follows is quoted right from WIKepedia about the election:
The most important event of the entire 1980 presidential campaign was the second presidential debate, which was held one week to the day before the election (October 2
. Over the course of two hours, the entire race changed drastically, and what was considered an extremely tight race with the President slightly ahead became a comfortable Republican victory for Reagan. Nothing of that magnitude has happened since in any televised confrontations.
The League of Women Voters, which had sponsored the 1976 Ford/Carter series, announced that it would do so again for the next cycle in the spring of 1979. However, Carter was not eager to participate. He had repeatedly refused to debate Sen. Edward M. Kennedy during the primary season, and had given ambivalent signals as to his participation in the fall.
The LWV had announced a schedule of debates similar to 1976, three presidential and one vice presidential. No one had much of a problem with this until it was announced that Rep. John Anderson might be invited to participate along with Carter and Reagan. Carter steadfastly refused to participate with Anderson included, and Reagan refused to debate without him.
The first debate was moderated by Bill Moyers and took place in Baltimore, Maryland, on September 21. President Carter was nowhere to be found. Anderson, who many thought would handily dispatch the former Governor, could, according to many in the media, manage only a draw. The Illinois congressman, who had been as high as 20% in some polls, and at the time of the debate was over 10%, dropped to about 5% soon after. Anderson failed to substantively engage Reagan, and the two spent a good portion of the debate simply criticizing Carter for refusing to participate.
As September turned into October, the situation remained essentially the same. Governor Reagan insisted Anderson be allowed to participate, and the President remained steadfastly opposed to this. As the standoff continued, the second round was canceled, as was the vice presidential debate.
With two weeks to go to the election, the Reagan campaign decided that the best thing to do at that moment was to accede to all of President Carter's demands, and LWV agreed to exclude Congressman Anderson from the final debate, which was rescheduled for October 28 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Moderated by Howard K. Smith and presented by the League of Women Voters, the presidential debate between President Carter and Governor Reagan ranked among the highest ratings of any television show in the previous decade. Debate topics included the Iranian hostage crisis, and nuclear arms treaties and proliferation. Carter's campaign sought to portray Gov. Reagan as a reckless "hawk." Gov. Reagan would have none of it, and it came as no surprise then, when the candidates repeatedly clashed over the nuclear weapons issue in their debate. But it was President Carter's reference to his consultation with 12-year-old daughter Amy concerning nuclear weapons policy that became the focus of post-debate analysis and fodder for late-night television jokes. President Carter said he had asked Amy what the most important issue in that election was and she said, "the control of nuclear arms." A famous political cartoon, published the day after Reagan's landslide victory, showed Amy Carter sitting in Jimmy's lap with her shoulders shrugged asking "the economy? the hostage crisis?"
Gov. Reagan's demeanor, on the other hand, was sunny, tolerant, and almost folksy. When President Carter made a reference to what he saw as the governor's record, voting against Medicare and Social Security benefits, Gov. Reagan replied with a cheerful "There you go again."
In describing the national debt that was approaching 1 trillion dollars, Reagan stated "a billion is a thousand millions, and a trillion is a thousand billions." When Carter would attack the content of Reagan's campaign speeches, Reagan began his counter with "well, I don't know that I said that, I really don't."
In his closing remarks, Gov. Reagan asked a simple yet devastating question that would resonate with voters in 1980 and beyond: "Are you better off now than you were four years ago? If so, I encourage you to vote for my opponent. If not, I urge you to vote for me." According to President Carter's Press Secretary Jody Powell's memoirs, internal tracking polls showed the President's tiny lead turning into a major Reagan landslide over the final weekend.