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Friday, April 09, 2010

A Call For Unity

Every once in a while a story crops up that bares with it a call to action. Sometimes that call is literally part of the story; sometimes it's just a feeling one receives from the information contained in the article or report. Take for example this article from the Politico. It relates the political reaction to the President's decision to close our embassy in Yemen.

While I am certain that what follows will end in someone believing I am taking their side of a potential issue, I am not. I am taking a side and a stand, but I am not writing this "article" as an advocate for one political party or another. Quite frankly both of the major US parties rather disgust me right now. I am sick and tired of having to choose “the better of a field of evils.”

Unbiased Story, Division in Our Midst

The story from the Politico is titled: "Yemen reignites U.S. politics of terror." Nothing in the title suggests anything of a partisan tilt to one side or the other, nor does the article itself. That is: nothing other than partisan politics. The article doesn't seem to favor one side over the other, but it does bring into sharp focus the senseless rivalry between America's two major parties, The Democrats and the Republicans.

What's wrong with that? You might ask. I say everything is wrong with it. The problem isn't that they are opposed to each other, or even that they are patriotic enough to have healthy and lively debates when they occur. Opposition is good, period. It prevents carelessness and slows down legislation that may not be in the best interest of the country. No, the real problem is that both sides are so conceited and set in their party politics that all they do is bicker and throw mindless banter at each other. Worse yet is that this mindset trickles down to the "true believers" and the everyday followers of each party. The result is a divided America, and THAT is good for Terrorist and America haters but BAD for America's citizens.

I am not the only one who sees something wrong with the senseless and mindless bickering and bantering that occurs between our two major parties. Remember, George Washington was an advocate for a real non-partisan government. He didn't want parties to be formed at all. Remember further that Abraham Lincoln, the same man that lead the country through a civil war, said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

As heretical as it seems, perhaps, we should be grateful to Osama bin Laden and his cadre of terrorists for uniting America, if only for the week or two that we all agonized over the collapse of the towers on 11 September 2001. But, DO WE REALLY NEED A TERRORIST ATTACK TO UNITE THE COUNTRY? God in Heaven, I surely hope not. Shame on BOTH the Democratic and Republican parties for the sad, sorry state of our disunion.

Like it or not and regardless of your party position or your political ideology, one fact is inescapably true: America is divided! In public debate, both sides try to make it seem as though each individual member of the opposing side is personally, undeniably and irrevocably flawed. NEWSFLASH: ALL HUMANS ARE FLAWED. NO EXCEPTIONS! Ironically, both the House and the Senate have rules that prevent their respective members from spewing such bile while in session in the capitol building which is the only reason why Representative Joe Wilson apologized to President Obama shortly after last year's State of the Union address. According to ABCNEWS's Political Punch Blog, the President responded in-stride to Representative Joe Wilson's outburst as follows:
"Yes I do," the president said. "I’m a big believer that we all make mistakes. He apologized quickly and without equivocation. And I’m appreciative of that."

Mr. Obama then turned to use Wilson as something of an example – making this a teachable moment, perhaps – saying that "we have to get to the point where we can have a conversation about big, important issues that matter to the American people without vitriol, without name-calling without the assumption of the worst in other people’s motives."

“Without vitriol, without name-calling without the assumption of the worst in other people’s motives” he says. Yet, the Left hurls old, tired, worn out and wild accusations at the Right. The Right, in turn, calls the Left's patriotism into question. Neither side is right in doing so. All this accomplishes is a crippling division in America that prevents friends from discussing politics without hurling the same senseless jargon their party master do on a national level. Such language is born of uninformed hate and only breeds its own kind of vile and disgusting rhetoric.

As Americans, we will always have differing opinions on how best to accomplish something and whether or not that something is in the best interest of ALL AMERICANS EVERYWHERE. We will always have differing opinions as to who we think is correct.

What Is To Be Done?

Perhaps, my fellow Americans, it is high time we work on reuniting the country BEFORE working on any other issue. Perhaps, it is high time we realize that we are Americans first and partisans second. Perhaps, my friends, it is time we take a stand against the same, old, boring rhetoric coming from Washington D. C. Perhaps, it is high time we turn the tables. Perhaps, it is time we make those in government respect the source of their power once again. Perhaps, it is time we provide the rhetoric to Washington rather than their giving us the product of a corrupt spin machine.

The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States of America are our founding and guiding documents. I believe both were inspired works. I am of the opinion that both have been neglected for many years by both the Democratic and Republican parties. Let's get back to the documents that made this country great. It's time to step up, break out of partisan bullshit and hold ourselves and our representative government accountable for what we and they do!

It is time to be American's first and all else second! As united Americans, we become a noble, powerful, invincible and prosperous people. Divided, we fail miserably and become vulnerable to enemies within and without our borders. Only as united Americans can we have health debate “Without vitriol, without name-calling without the assumption of the worst in other people’s motives.” Only as united Americans can we rise above the challenges before us. Only as united Americans can we actually solve the problems America faces. Then, and only then will America begin to heal from the division upon her.

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