C.L. Harmon

The concept of “Divide & Conquer is attributed to Roman dictator Julius Cesar who used it to great effect during his conquest of Gaul. Simply stated, this method is used to turn one people against themselves so they cannot assemble to fend off those wishing to conquer them. Does this not seem to be the situation in America today? Are we not inundated daily with issues and lies that keep us from uniting and living as one? The only reasonable conclusion as to the division currently in this country is that someone wants to conquer a way of life so it can be changed. Adolph Hitler probably said it best about using deception to achieve division between peoples, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”.

Regardless of one’s beliefs, the division in this country cannot be denied. What else cannot be denied is that this country was set up to not be ruled and to not be conquered from within. Safeguards were intentionally placed by the Founding Fathers to ensure that the citizens would rule themselves. What has instead happened is that we have allowed ourselves to be ruled by political parties that no longer answer to the people but instead dictate the policies in which the people must live by. The only reason it matters that one is a Republican or democrat or conservative or liberal is that it matters to those who wish to rule. It matters that those seeking to conquer and rule keep the people squabbling so they do not realize they are being sold into bondage. 

We have systematically allowed our rights to be taken away because we are told we should be frightened. We have been told that less freedom equates to more security which is the opposite of what the Founding Fathers believed. The way to rule a people is to take away their rights, their ability to fight and to fight with unity. As Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. If there has ever been a time to learn from the past, that time is now.

It’s not a party you belong to that should separate you from your neighbor, but you love for freedom, justice, equality and the right to self-govern that should unite you. This nation has always been a diverse union of people with differing opinions that have been able to come together and compromise for the good of the country since its inception. The question we should be asking ourselves now, is why aren’t unity and compromise being encouraged. Seek out who benefits from this division and you will learn the identity of America’s Julius Cesar.