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September 18, 2009

One Nation..Divided

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Are we seeing the emergence of two Americas?
From my vantage point, I see precisely that.
The leadership of the Democratic Party appears to embrace a national direction aimed substantially at socialism.
The Republican Party, which is clearly responsible for many of the problems which have led to financial market upheaval (lack of major banking regulation) is trying to rally conservatives against nationalized health care and the current administration’s socialistic trends.
I seldom read syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan’s column, but last week’s was a doozy.
Buchanan asks, “Is America coming apart?”
He reminds that conservatives were branded “fascists,” “racists” and “evil mongers” because they gathered peacefully to express their disdain at current government trends.
He says that Americans have never seemed to disagree with one another any more than today, but points out that Americans involved in these disagreements have grown to “hate” and “detest” one another.
He also points out that our nation is not only divided on politics, but on faith, morality, school prayer, the Ten Commandments, homosexuality and the teaching of evolution.
His closing said it all.
“E pluribus unum” — out of many, one — was the national motto the men of ‘76 settled upon. One sees the pluribus. But where is the unum? One sees the diversity. But where is the unity?
In the days and months to come, the common citizen in our nation will be looking for the rarest of political leaders—the statesman. Few, if any, remain.
Such may be an extinct breed, for they have the ability to listen honorably to public debate, and sensibly and responsibly voice their support or opposition to that debate on its merits, without vitriolic outbursts aimed at the other individual’s character.
I don’t think America is actually breaking up.
I do think we are divided and will remain so until we are able to identify leaders who can convince voters of both parties that their proposals are fair and well thought out.
With virtually all of the recent major directives coming out of Washington being “rushed through” the process to prevent public debate and scrutiny, many Americans are understandably upset at our current political process.
The emergence of true leadership isn’t likely to happen any time soon, so as citizens we should expect more of the same from Washington.
This time, Buchanan hit the nail on the head. Lots of E pluribus — no unum.

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