The New America: “A Tale of Two Countries”

by Dave Carew

If I were writing the political narrative of 2012, I’d probably (with apologies to Dickens) call it A Tale of Two Countries. Never in my life have I seen Democrats and Republicans so far apart, so thoroughly contemptuous of each other’s views, so unwilling to (God forbid) even listen to the other side’s viewpoint. It’s extremely disheartening to witness this happening in our country.

The core of THE BIG ARGUMENT between the two sides is a fundamental and constantly widening division regarding the proper role of government in our lives.  As the Democratic Party gathers today in Charlotte to listen to President Obama and his vision of a more activist government, Underground Nashville is launching a series of conversations (to be published occasionally) with people on ALL sides—in the hope that our readers will listen to and be intellectually enriched by various perspectives.  After all, if you don’t know—really, truly KNOW—what a person is saying, how can you intelligently affirm or refute it?

Our first conversation, which will be posted tomorrow, will be with Justin Owen, President and CEO of the Beacon Center of Tennessee.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.


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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew



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