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United We Stand, Divided We Fall


United we stand, divided we fall is the mantra I learned growing up in the United States. United as a people we have made it through every curve ball that has been thrown at us and United with allies around the world we have fought back aggression globally through 2 world wars as well as many other conflicts and threats to global stability. The new threat is that this stance is now crumbling before our eyes as congressional leaders and politicians running for office play the game of divide and conquer. They play the game of “you are with us or you are against us”. They all speak of their initiatives and policies as being the will of the people when what they really should be saying is the will of their people and only their people. They have fostered a poisoned environment where if you make compromise with the other half of the electorate then somehow you have betrayed America. A poisoned environment that is fueled with bombastic rhetoric and generalized hate.

Making America Great Again should consist more of Americans learning to be less hateful to each other and debate issues in a civil manner then rolling back the clock to some imaginary time and place where everything was just wonderful for all Americans. Let’s not forget that what many consider those good ol’ days had a dark side too. Many Americans were fighting for their rights. At some points these where even rights that had already been constitutionally afforded to them. Let’s also remember that the betterment of the middle class did not come from trickledown economics but instead for long hard fights for better working conditions and fair wages. I see politician after politician wrap themselves in the flag and the bible and profess they are the best thing for America while spewing lies and rumors about their fellow politicians and Americans that may be on the other side of the political spectrum thus violating one of the tenants they profess (Thou shalt not bear false witness). This is then allowed and justified by their followers as somehow ok because, you know, it’s all that other parties fault, every problem in America is their fault, if it wasn’t for those people we would be a great nation again, etc, etc, etc. We are a great nation but we do have our problems as we always have. Through unity and compromise we fix those problems one at a time to create a better nation for future generations. To win someone does not have to lose. The best win is when we all win. America can be win/win.

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2 comments for “United We Stand, Divided We Fall

  1. Profile photo of Jane Wellman
    January 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    So true. These words are still appropriate in our current environment. We are seeing the integrity of the free press eroded not from within the industry but from government officials. Our place in the global market may also be eroding. More than ever we citizens need to stand together and let our voices be heard. If we need more peaceful marches like the ones on Saturday, January 21, 2017, then so be it. Our forefathers fight for our rights as provided by the constitution and our military are still fighting and giving ultimate sacrifices so we can remain a free and viable nation.

  2. Profile photo of Nathan Vickers
    February 1, 2017 at 9:33 am

    The sad fact is, that politicians care little about what we want, focusing more on what it takes to win the next election. This country has been run, for far too long, by corporations who receive public subsidies to pad their billions in profit per quarter. I do agree, though, united is the only way we as a country will survive; it’s the only way we as a grouping of colonies survived a war with the most powerful nation on Earth. Well, that and a great deal of help from the French, but we can not isolate ourselves from the world. It doesn’t work that way anymore. What happens here, happens in the rest of the world, and whether our politicians want to accept it or not, it’s true. We set the tone, we set the pace for the global economy, along with some of our strongest allies.

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