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A Divided America

September 22, 2016

I am one of those who still thinks reading the views from the ‘other side’ still matters.   That is why I read the Op-Ed pages of The Wall Street Journal after getting the news in The New York Times.   That is also why I read Pat Buchanan.

Lord knows I differ with the views at times but knowing how some feel in this nation when written with style and professionalism is important.   I am certain there are few liberal bloggers who have any respect for Buchanan.   I do because I think he is very smart, has tons of institutional memory and historical perspective and is not shy from being most candid.

At a time when too many hunker down with their news sources that mesh with their political viewpoints I can honestly say I reject such a way of becoming informed about the world.  If we are ever going to fix some of the massive problems which we face we at least need to know how they feel on the ‘other side’.  I trust they also open their minds and seek to know about us, too.

A divided America as we now are witnessing, (and I know history shows great splits from the start) can not sustain itself.  Somewhere and soon we need to find the will to mend fences and work toward the solutions to our common problems.   The total lack of faith that can happen starting in January 2017 by one of the leading writers of the conservative side is worthy of reading only for the fact of knowing how deep in the hole we are.  It is sobering.

Now consider the issues that have transfixed the media this election season:

The birther issue, David Duke, the KKK, a Mexican-American judge, Black Lives Matter, white cops, the “Muslim ban,’’ the Battle Flag, the “alt-right,’’ the national anthem, Trump’s refusals to recant his blasphemies against the dogmas of political correctness, or to “apologize.’’

What does the continual elevation of such issues, and the acrimony attendant to them, tell us?

America is bitterly and irreparably divided over race, ideology faith, history and culture, and Trump’s half of the nation rejects the modernist gospel that America’s diversity and multiculturalism are her greatest treasures.

To the contrary, Trump’s half wants secure borders, “extreme vetting’’ of immigrants, especially from the Mideast, and foreign and trade policies marked by an “Americanism’’ that seems to be an antonym for globalism.

They want America to be “great again,’’ and they believe she was once, and is not now.

No matter who wins in November, America is going to face a divide unseen in decades. If Donald Trump wins, he will confront a resident media more hateful than that which confronted Richard Nixon in 1968. If Hillary Clinton wins, she will come to office distrusted and disbelieved by most of her countrymen, half of whom she has maligned either as “deplorables’’ or pitiful souls in need of empathy.

Not for half a century has the idea of “one nation under God, indivisible,’’ seemed so distant.

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