Lack of division — like the times we live in now — does not imply perfect, peaceful harmony or unity of thought. It means we can get on with our lives and we consent — through our participation — with the basic civil society that we live in. Of course, there is disagreement and dissatisfaction with specifics but this is also normal human behavior and is not an indication of division. We have much in place to deal with these disagreements and such and use them all the time.
I agree with this, completely.
The civil war — that was divided. We are no where [sic] near that, not even close
I happen to disagree with this (and strongly). We are closer than one might imagine.
and I maintain that there are those who WANT us to be divided like that and are pushing a false narrative of division down our throats via a complicit and colluding (aka wholly owned) corporate media.
The President of the United States (whom I respect, by the way, I revere all of our leaders, even if others do not and even when I disagree with them) regularly tweeting about the NFL is a part of this narrative of which you speak. I honestly cannot imagine a former President focusing so much time on something so insignificant when there are so many other things in which to concentrate attention. He only appears to be doing so because he cannot handle the thought, idea, or reality that others did not agree with him or do as he desired. He continues daily (multiple times per day) to tweet unnecessarily about his opinion. Just as many think NFL players should go about protesting differently, I believe the POTUS, should too. It is the most important position in the world, and he is removing the respect from the title by continuing such displays. He, in my eyes, in this instance, is asking the players to do something even he is not willing, to do (which is acquiesce).
Do you see division anywhere but in the media? I don’t. I see people going about their human lives as peaceful human beings.
I am not certain where you live. I happen to live in a great and safe town (one of my neighbors is Chesley Sullenberger). My eyes still see division when I step out of my community. I do not have to rely on the media to try and tell me things are neither good nor bad; I see they are bad, myself.
The key is this — the small group of people pushing this false narrative of division clearly hate America, hate the founding, hate our history, reject our country as it currently stands, including our goals and values.
I see no false narrative. I see no intent on division. I see no hate of or for America, founding, history, goals or values. That is where you, I, and many others hold differing views. These views will unfortunately not change. Again, it goes back to the stubbornness of human nature. We hold convictions, not beliefs. The difference between the two does not allow for change.
I happen to also believe that this tiny, yet harmful group sees much profit in steering the American people down a path of destruction. They are experts at manipulating/buying/tricking others to do their bidding.
Again, I am in no way a Trump hater. But it sounds as though you typed the perfect description of our current President. Tell me what he said in Alabama (which only added fuel to the fire), was not manipulation? He knew his audience. He knows their (likely) views. He knows where his support comes from and how to gain and add to it. And he used it.
If that is not manipulating/buying/tricking others to do your bidding, the dictionary’s definition is wrong.