As I watch this year’s election coverage unfold, I can’t help but fear for our future. The “United States of America” no longer exists.
We have become a country divided: divided by trivialities and oppositional positions. We can allow for differences of opinion among friends, find compromises with our loved ones and make room for others not like us in our daily lives. But politically, we’ve drawn lines in the sand and refuse to meet in the middle.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. And our divisions are rapidly destroying all of the things that we have held so dear. Without compromise and concession on both sides, there will be no progress forward. We will continue to regress until we become a shell of what we once were.
One side longs for what they consider the glory days of America but that was a time when the other side didn’t have it so good and they would not like to return there. America has been a beacon for opportunity and equality. It hasn’t always lived up to those ideals but that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.
Land of Opportunity; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness; All Men are Created Equal and all that jazz. That is what America means to me. And when I consider how things should be, I look to see if those things are being expressed.
There is one more principle that we need to consider which I think has always been implied but never expressly stated, and that is a person should be able to do whatever they want as long as they don’t harm or hinder anyone else. Or better stated, we are all responsible for our own behavior and we are responsible for the impact we have on others. That’s it.
There will come a time of crisis: it may be imminent or we may have some time, but mark my words it will come. And when it does, will we rise to the challenge and unite in order to make a better world for all? Or will we dissolve due to petty and divisive bickering over whether or not my way is better than your way?
This isn’t your country and it isn’t my country. It’s OUR country. It’s time to remember that we’re all in this together. It’s time to start behaving that way and find solutions that benefit us all.